The Grapes of wrath By John Stenibeck

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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath is a book about real life, based on the poor, lonely and exiled. It tells the story about migrant workers, what life was really like during the Great Depression.

I feel this story has a lot to teach us, then in the 30s and now. It shows us the reality of how people lived during these times, how they talked, and most importantly how they survived.

I really don`t understand why anyone should protest this books subject manner, language or message. This story that John Steinbeck created, teaches students and adults alike real life lessons, how hard things really were, better than an y text book ever could. It is not all about numbers and figures, its about a close hard working family, put out of their home, taking what little possessions they can fit on a truck, and leaving the land, the home they have known all their lives, in a hope of something better, in a hope to find work to survive.

True the language isn`t all cleaned up and pretty for ya, but its REAL. This is how a true Southern farmer/farm family talked, they knew no better, and it isn`t like we ourselves haven`t heard or used foul language, it is part of human nature.

The messages in this book are about human to human connection. In chapter 28, Tom is saying good bye to his mother, and before he leaves he shares with her something that Casey had said to him: "Says one time he went out in the wilderness to find his own soul, an' he foun' he didn`t have no soul that was his'n. Says he foun' he jus' got a little piece of a great big soul, says a wilderness ain't no good, 'cause...