Essay on The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

710 Words Apr 29th, 2016 3 Pages
Music often plays a very important role in one 's life. Music during the Great Depression era was very important to people. John Steinbeck shows the importance of music during the Great Depression era in his novel The Grapes of Wrath. The novel presents a clear historical connection to music during the depression era. Music was important for entertainment, enlightenment, and social criticism.
First, music was heavily used for entertainment. Television was just recently created. That being said, it was not popular like it is today. Music on the radio was everything in the 1930s. The book Music of the Great Depression explains how popular radio became. “Amid continuing economic woes, the ubiquitous receiver established itself as a household and automotive necessity that most people considered “Depression-proof”’( Young 2). In a time of depression when money is precious, entertainment has the need of being affordable. Depression-proof is certainly affordable. In The Grapes of Wrath, music is affordable entertainment. One of the migrant people portrays the harmonica as the most affordable instrument used for entertainment. “And if you lose it or break it, why, it’s no great loss. You can buy another for a quarter” (Steinbeck 448). Steinbeck then goes on to explain how a guitar is precious because of the expense. Social places and gatherings often played music. Steinbeck shows this a few times in the novel. One of which the Joads come to a coffee stop on Route 66. Here,…

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