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How did John Steinbeck's personal experience with the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl migration influence his portrayal of these events in the Grapes of Wrath? Does the book accurately depict the political and economic situations of the time or is there bias?

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Quiltyknitwit Your question sounds like a homework assignment!
Jacqui Also important to note: Steinbeck's publisher gave him notes compiled by Sanora Babb (without her permission!), a writer who had worked far more extensively with Dust Bowl farmers than Steinbeck. Steinbeck published Grapes of Wrath before Babb could complete her own work. As a result her novel, Whose Names are Unknown, was not published until 2004, because the publishers decided the public wouldn't be interested in another book about the Dust Bowl. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
Helen Kubik When I was a teen, living in California, my best friend's mother was one of the "okies" who migrated to California, when she was a teen. She would tell us about having nothing to eat but grease and flour, and how they tried to get work picking fruit, only to have rocks thrown at them by resident fruit pickers. Reading this book gave me further clarification of how things really were back then, and why.
Ron I've read extensively about the dust bowl and the great depression and Steinbeck is bang on in his depiction of the plight of those folks he writes about. He also lived, traveled, ate, slept, laughed and cried with those folks for over a year before writing the novel. It's historical fiction at it's finest.
Γιάννης Παπαδάκης DEPICTS EXACT VIEW OF WHAT IS HAPPENING EVERY DAY AND EVERY TIME IN A CLASS SOCIETY WITH STRICT CLASS CLASSIFICATION LIKE THE CONTEMPORARY STATE OF GREECE.
Emily Some critics argue Steinbeck is too sentimental towards the migrants, but I don't think being an accurate depiction is the point of Grapes- it's much more of an appeal to humanity to be generous. If you want accurate, representative of the times Steinbeck , read The Harvest Gypsies instead- a collection of his articles on The Great Depression and Migrants.
Bruce Foster He wrote a book. The question of bias is a silly question. Having to compose a sentence requires a bias. Breathing imposes a bias. Asking whether he "accurately" depicts the situation of the time reflects a bias.
Jason Here is a column that discusses some of the inaccuracies of The Grapes of Wrath.
Sharath Chandra John took up a job to visit the Okie camps, like a journalist. He visited many of the camps, interviews thousands of people and was doing it for long time. Most of the book's inspiration was drawn from this reportage. It took no time for John to complete this behemoth (100 days, literally). So, to answer your question - yes, Grapes of Wrath is the mirror of dustbowl era migration.
Tammy Yes, John Steinbeck is very accurate about the Dust Bowl
and the migration of Americans to work
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