The Cause Of The Great Depression In John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath

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John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath serves as a benchmark in the overabundance of literature pointing out the lives, trouble, and steadfastness of those affected by the Dust Bowl, and the Great Depression. It was described as a scary time period in American history with its tale of the Joad family and their journey from Oklahoma to California.Though most Americans are aware of the Great Depression of 1929, which may well be "the most serious problem facing our free enterprise economic system", not a lot of people know about the many Americans who lost their houses, life savings and employment. The setting is realistic because you can imagine the Joads family’s journey. In third chapter of this book, the author flawlessly describes the distant, and boring journey of a turtle across a deserted highway. From the start this turtle’s journey it encounters many problems. Along the way ants, hills, and oak seeds bother him under his shell. The turtle’s willpower to arrive to his destination is most obvious when a truck ,driven by a young…show more content…
A major cause of the depression was that the pay of employees did not increase. Because of this, people couldn't afford manufactured goods. While the factories were still making the goods, Americans could not afford the goods and the factories made no money. Farmers weren't doing so well because they were growing more crops and farm products than could be sold at high prices. The uneven distribution of wealth that took place throughout the 1920s grew substantially during the Great Depression and the 1930s. Despite how there was technically a very small amount of people that were financially stable, there was an even larger amount of underclass in the U.S. that had practically no money. "During the worst years of the Depression, 1933-34, the overall jobless rate was twenty-five percent with another twenty-five percent of breadwinners having their wages and hours
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