Political Overtones In The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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In How to Read Literature like a Professor, Thomas Foster says “most works must engage with their own specific period in ways that can be called political” (122). A good example of a major work containing obvious political overtones is Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. In this novel focusing on a dispossessed family of Oklahoma farmers, Steinbeck criticizes the class prejudice against Dust Bowl migrants. He provides social commentary on the antagonism between Okies and Californians, while also condemning the large banks that forcibly takes the land from the farmers. The Grapes of Wrath is set in the mid-1930’s, during the Great Depression. As the Dust Bowl renders farmlands in the Midwest barren, thousands of farmers are forced to move west
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