Outsiders In Steinbeck's 'The Grapes Of Wrath'

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“The Grapes of Wrath” takes place during the great depression: which was a substantial economic downside in United States history. At the same time, racism continues in the United States. The Okies are very talented farmers and most of them travel along route 66 to hope for a better life, but something was waiting for them that was unexpected to these people. They did not receive any governmental supports they were ignorant, and this makes native people easier to realize Okies as an outsider also they found menial and low paying jobs. Steinbeck implies that man turns against another human for the survival of the fittest; therefore, they do not mind to put another human in a situation that is challenging to survive. People in California perceived Okies as an outsider because they are scared of changes; therefore, they become racist to them so they cannot bring changes in their society. Steinbeck foreshadows the event occur in Birmingham in 1960s because when Martin Luther King was trying to end racisms in Birmingham, the native people fear of ending racism they level King as outsiders so he cannot stop segregation and no one can accept changes. In the document, “Letter from Birmingham Jail” he claims that “anyone who lives inside the U.S can never be considered as an outsider.” King acknowledges that if people live in the U.S. than they are not outsiders because they live inside the U.S; however native people perceived other people as an outsider because they do not want
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