Grapes Of Wrath Analysis

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The Grapes of Wrath: A Review and Analysis
"To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth." Steinbeck,
The Grapes of Wrath, Opening Lines
The Grapes of Wrath is a novel written by John E. Steinbeck. Published in 1939, the historical fiction combines an analytical social dialogue with a captivating narrative to recount the exodus of a family of tenant farmers westward, across the United States. Steinbeck 's personal experience of the time about which he writes grants the text both credibility and vividity. Immediately upon its release, the novel was banned in
Kansas and in several individual counties across the United States. Despite some extremely negative critical reception, along with the banning, The Grapes of Wrath was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book
Award, and is among one of the many reasons that Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize. The Grapes of
Wrath is considered a 'Great American Novel ' like books by such authors as Harper Lee (To Kill a
Mockingbird), F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), and William Faulkner (Absalom, Absalom!, Light in
August) are. The main theme of The Grapes of Wrath is the fight against injustice and the standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Seen throughout the book is the fight of the tenant farmers against the bank who took their land and the large companies in California who want to keep the new, cheap labor pool open.
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