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The idea of socialism has transcended down in history; from the proletariat fighting for rights in France to Marxist revolutions and Leninists in Russia. Socialism is the helping of the laboring class; more so it is the uprising and asserting of power of the laboring class. A classic example of socialism is John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath". Many people thought this book was an attack on America, due to it's social views. "Grapes of Wrath" was not a book of attack or slander on America, rather it was more of an awakening or cry for change. Steinbeck seems to be the voice of the masses. Steinbeck wants to suggest, through character, settings and idea filled chapters, how socialist reforms would bring upon a dignified lifestyle for the disadvantages people from the mid-west. He calls for change and hopes for enlightenment through his novel, not to cast aspersions or criticize. During the 1930's, the era of Depression in America, many people were afraid of communist ideas that were present overseas. Many people felt that Steinbeck was supporting these ideas. If someone was a questioner, a thinker, or someone who went against the mold, like Steinbeck, they were called a "red". In other words, that person was considered a communist. Steinbeck, through his novel, brought the worst stories of America and showed them to the world. ...read more.


They have both been to jail and knows what man's limits are. They both know the pain of the depression. He is now understanding Casy's message. Steinbeck goes so far to show us that Tom will bear the cross of Casy, by using a bible passage. The passage talks about man helping man, how man is useless without one another, and when one falls the rest must battle on. (pg. 570, STEINBECK) Tom finds, when he goes into hiding at the cotton fields, that he doesn't like what he sees. He goes on to talk to his mother about this and how he hates the way the people are forced to live. He points out to her that he sees what Casy was saying all along. Tom figures that if his soul is apart of everyone's soul then," it don't matter. Then I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be everywhere, where ever you look. Wherever there's a fight so hungry can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin up a guy, I'll be there..." ( pg. 572, STEINBECK) Tom Joad will indeed carry on the idea of socialism if he keeps thinking like that. With the idea of socialism transcending in mind, there are two chapters where Steinbeck leaves with his readers a little insight, a call to socialism and to show the injustices that did occur. ...read more.


It's a place where a man can have dignity and once again be distinguished. The camp is also a return to normality. (www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes) Pa somewhat returns to the head of the family. He starts making more decisions. Ma gets time to think. The camp gives her the chance for introspection. She can clean her family up, think about all the hard parts of the trip (i.e. grandma and grandpa's death and Noah leaving). Also, Ruthie and Winfield get to play with other kids, they get to be kids. Al gets to be a teenager, not a responsible driver. He can now look for girls and etc. But when the family leaves the camp, due to no work, the family falls apart. The normality. The socialism at the camp is what made most of them happy and kept them together. But Ma Joad knew better. She shows that socialism has to be widespread, it can't just be in one spot. It has to take over everything and be thought by everyone. When the normality ends, the requirement of socialism in society becomes important again. Through out the novel, Steinbeck tries to give us a clear picture of what is needed to stop all the suffering that was going on in our nation. Tom Joad, Jim Casy, the camp and a couple chapters teach the future readers that we can make a difference in people's lives. We have made a difference. Today socialism is alive and working well for America. ...read more.

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