The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck Essay

721 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 3 Pages
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is a very compelling and accurate book even though it 's fiction. This book follows a family from Oklahoma during the great depression and their journey to California in search of jobs. The Joads family is affected by atmospheric condition and the dust bowl. Some of the challenges the family faces because of this are drought, death, and job loss. First of all, atmospheric conditions and the dust bowl caused death. The dust bowl was caused because of the farmers over cropping it had no mercy for anyone that was caught in it. The dust bowl caused death because there was so much dirt in the air that it suffocated people. In the book, the dust is described as “evenly mixed with the air, an emulsion of dust and air” (Steinbeck 5). In the book, The Grapes of Wrath people were not only dying because of the air and dust mixture but because of starvation. All the crops had dried up and there was no money for the farmers to go buy food. Time were very hard and people that couldn’t afford to leave had to just bear it all. As stated in an article, “Not only were crops destroyed and cattle killed, but children developed fatal cases of "dust pneumonia”” (Martindale). The dust bowl was not a place for children to grow up in but they didn’t have a choice and sometimes the consequences were too great.

Second of all, the atmospheric conditions and the dust bowl also caused a drought. The drought had a huge impact on everyone in Oklahoma. In an…

Related Documents