The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck And The Great Gatsby Essay

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Imagine a time when there was no dehumanization occurring in the world. It is difficult to think of one because all throughout history there have been multiple cases of dehumanization.Some examples of dehumanization in history are the assimilation of the Native Americans, the Holocaust A few examples of texts that contain the topic of dehumanization as one of the main themes are The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Grapes of Wrath is the story about a poor farming family, the Joads, that get kicked off their land during the time of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. They move to California because their belief in the American Dream; they have high hopes that they will find work and have a better life. They mirror many families of that time period. The Great Gatsby is a tale of rich people and love. Jay Gatsby, or previously James Gatz, is in love with Daisy Buchanan and he will do anything to be with her. Both Fitzgerald and Steinbeck condemn the idea of the American Dream by showcasing dehumanization evident in the characterization of the social classes.
The rich take advantage of the poor, and dehumanize them; the members of the lower class are fragile because they find motivation in the American Dream. In The Great Gatsby, Tom takes advantage of Wilson by how he acted like they were friends, but secretly he was hooking up with Wilson’s wife, Myrtle. Also Tom, indirectly, uses Wilson to do his dirty work of getting…

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