• anonymous
PLEASE HELP ASAP!! How is John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath characteristic of American life in the 1930s? It's a political drama about corrupt politicians taking advantage of the public. It recounts how prejudice and poverty in the 1930s drove African Americans to violent crime. It depicts a fictional town that shows how the Great Depression affected Southern plantation life. It narrates the plight of the Dust Bowl victims who were forced to migrate to California during the 1930s.
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  • anonymous
It sounds like you just answered your own question! What made The Grapes of Wrath especially groundbreaking was that it gave a voice to the voiceless masses that then was able to strike a chord with so many people. The Great Depression in the 1930s left many poor and starving, but they were rarely heard. Steinbeck's novel gave their plight a face and voice that was both accessible to them and poignant to the upper class. Further, it depicts a wide range of culture and typical stories that many could relate to.
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