Injustice In John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath

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Injustices, tragedies, and unfortunate circumstances have plagued humankind for all of existence. Many of these problems have arisen from the society of man, and could not be found in nature. The hatred, selfishness, prejudice, and maliciousness seen in so many injustices man created unnecessarily, as well as all the suffering it causes does not need to exist. If an individual witnesses a crime or injustice occurring, it is their responsibility to defend the weak and fight for whatever is morally right, even at the cost of themselves.
During the Great Depression, many people were desperate for a job, food, shelter, and security, all of which are standards expected in the modern world. However, in the midst of an economic crisis, the people who had stability despised those who could not achieve a steady way of life. Farmers who hoarded the food that could keep people alive would not help those in need. By selfishly withholding aid, the farmers failed humanity in a way, “that topples all our success,” showing that what they did was not right (Steinbeck 349). When faced with the injustice of people being too poor to afford what they need to survive, those who had resources were morally obligated to help feed those
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What separates humans from animals is that when the same tragedy occurs over and over again without hinting at its end, people have the conscience to push for a solution to end the vicious cycle. When evil, greed, and hatred seem to be the driving force of the world, it is the responsibility of humans to advocate for a better life and to even “suffer and die for a concept,” if that is necessary (Steinbeck 151). Change and justice will never occur if everyone stands back idly, waiting for someone else to do it. Change begins with every individual, and they must make the change happen, especially if no one else
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