The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck Essay examples

1189 Words May 17th, 2015 5 Pages
As a human being we have an unbreakable relationship with the land that we find ourselves on. The Earth is the foundation of all humanity. It provides us with our food, our habitat and most of all it contributes to our sense of identity. In John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath the author explores the relationship between the people and the land, examining who holds the ownership, the power that the land has over the people and the consequences of abusing mans relationship with earth for his own greed.

A man without fertile land has nothing in the Great Depression of America in which The Grapes of Wrath is set. Farmers were constantly facing the repercussions of their failing crops due to the dustbowl in the form of the banks repossessing their land from them. Steinbeck attempts to breakdown the repossession and proposes the contention that the banks taking over of the land is a major failing of the American capitalist agenda towards the people. Chapter 5 of the novel sees the “owners of the land” or “more often a spokesperson for the owners” come onto the properties of the failing farmers in order to remove them of their tenure, simply because “one man on a tractor can take the place of twelve or fourteen families”. The owners then go on to explain “the bank isn 't like a man…men made it, but they can’t control it”. Steinbeck’s portrayal of the banks as monsters creates the connotation that they are a horrible creation and that they have no empathy for squatters, existing…

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