Immigrants In John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath

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Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” From the 1930s to modern times, many people had no choice but to adapt to their new lives and face many obstacles, such as social prejudice and poverty. Both immigrants today and in the past have to face discrimination and inequality no matter what race or gender. Manifested in the past, in literature, and in the present, immigration was and still is prevalent in society today. The Dust Bowl, prejudice against migrants in John Steinbeck’s American classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, and efforts to deport immigrants made by Donald Trump truly capture some of the difficulties that immigrants …show more content…
In hopes of starting new lives and finding new jobs, migrants moved to different parts of America only to realize that there was a great discrepancy between reality and their expectations. The harsh economic times affected all but the very wealthy, in which the rich became richer, and the poor became poorer (Hanes 188). However, as time passed, these false hopes of “the Promise Land” were easily crushed. Later in the novel, as the audience comes upon a ragged man, they sympathize with him as they find out his children died from malnutrition because low wages and scarce work (Steinbeck 190). His story was one of pain and despair and proved the cruel and inhumane treatment and poverty the migrant workers faced, which resulted from the California farmers prejudice towards the migrant workers. They state,“People gonna have a look in their eye. They gonna look at you an’ their face says, ‘I don’t like you, you son-of-a-bitch,’” (Steinbeck 205). In chapter eighteen of The Grapes of Wrath, the Joads encounter two men, a man and his son, and they tell their own personal experience in California, describing the conditions as perilous and distressing. However, the Joads paid no attention to these warnings and continued his path of disappointment and

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