THE GRAPES OF WRATH

JOHN STEINBECK

International High School at Lafayette American History Mr. Joel Unit 7²Booms and Dust Meimei, Shi Ting

THE GRAPES OF WRATH JOHN STEINBECK
February 27³ December 20, 1968 He was of German and Irish descent He was an American writer He was a regionalist, naturalist, mystic, but also a proletarian(low-class) writer Wrote a total of twenty-seven books. His novel and stories often detail the live of agricultural communities in central California. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

THE GRAPES OF WRATH
JOHN STEINBECK

Publish in 1939 Main idea: The novel tells the story of the Joads, a poor Oklahoma farming family, who migrate to California in search of a better life during the Great Depression of the 1930s. And describe how their life was difficult during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In 1936, John Steinbeck traveled the Dust Bowl with other immigrants on the torture drive to California. So, with these experiences. He wrote The Grapes of Wrath which awakened the nation·s comprehension and compassion.

THE GRAPES OF WRATH
JOHN STEINBECK
Quotation

The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it. Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments. They breathe profits; they eat the interest on money. If they don't get it, they die the way you die without air, without side-meat. [referring to the banks]

THE GRAPES OF WRATH
JOHN STEINBECK
The Reaction
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First published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath summed up its era in the way that Uncle Tom·s Cabin summed up the years of slavery before the Civil War. Many people have recognized it as such over the years though, and The Grapes of Wrath has passed nearly into legend. Many people bought that book but also many of them didn·t want to face the social injustice that described in the book. It has firmly lodged itself within American culture, and references to the novel continue to be made in movies, music, art, and TV.

THE GRAPES OF WRATH
JOHN STEINBECK
The Effect on Policy

In 1933, the Agriculture Adjustment Act passed, it controlled the supply crops by offering payments to farmers in return for taking some of their land out of farming. Better farming practices on the Great Plains This included soil studies and tree lines, plan more trees in the Great Plains to prevent the wind and storm and make the environment better.

THE GRAPES OF WRATH
JOHN STEINBECK
The Book Today
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This novel frequently read in American high school and college literature classes. This novel continues to be one of the most highly praised and vehemently criticized pieces of American literature

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THE GRAPES OF WRATH
JOHN STEINBECK
The Author·s Last Words

´This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.µ A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

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