By John Steinbeck
Stunning and arguable whilst it used to be first released in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic is still his undisputed masterpiece.
Set opposed to the heritage of dirt bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant lifestyles, it tells of the Joad family members, who, like millions of others, are compelled to shuttle West looking for the promised land. Their tale is certainly one of fake hopes, thwarted wishes and damaged goals, but out in their discomfort Steinbeck created a drama that's intensely human but majestic in its scale and ethical imaginative and prescient; an eloquent tribute to the persistence and dignity of the human spirit.
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Now the full force of Steinbeck’s experience at Visalia eight months earlier came into play, propelling his metamorphosis from right-minded competency to inspired vision. What Steinbeck had witnessed in that “heartbreaking” sea of mud and debris called forth every ounce of his moral indignation, social anger, and empathy, which in turn profoundly affected his novel’s climax. His internal wounding opened the floodgates of his affection, created The Grapes of Wrath’s compelling justification, provided its haunting spiritual urgency, and rooted it in the deepest wellsprings of democratic fellow-feeling.
Among other things I feel that I have put something over. ” Steinbeck augmented his talent with plain hard work and repeated practice. Where his characters use tools to elevate work to a dignified level, Steinbeck turned to his “comfortable and comforting” pen, an instrument that became an “extension” of the best part of himself: “Work is the only good thing,” he claimed on July 6, 1938, in Working Days. For Steinbeck, writing was a kind of textual habitation. He wrote books methodically the way other people built houses—word by word, sentence by sentence.
In fact, this creative and interior level of engagement is the elusive, unacknowledged fifth layer of Steinbeck’s novel. Although Steinbeck insisted on effacing his own presence in The Grapes of Wrath, the fact remains that it is a very personal book, rooted in his own compulsion. The “plodding” pace of Steinbeck’s writing schedule informed the slow, “crawling” movement of the Joads’ journey, while the harried beat of his own life gave the proper “feel” and tone to his beleaguered characters. Their unsavory weaknesses and vanities, their struggles for survival, their unsuspecting heroism are Steinbeck’s as well.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck