Industrialism in John Steinbeck's The grapes of wrath
|Format:||Print Book 2008|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
When their farm is repossessed, the Joad family escapes to California chasing the promise of farm work. They discover that jobs are scarce, pay is poor, and migrants starve in squalid camps. John Steinbeck said his aim in writing the novel was to expose those responsible for the depression while revealing the true plight of the workers who remained constant victims of greed. This incisive volume explores issues raised in the novel, such as the need to protect migrant workers' rights, the exploitation of workers, how industrialism dehumanizes workers, how the novel changed perceptions of the homeless, and the need to protect the modern family farm from industrialism.
ContentsThe life of John Steinbeck / Richard Astro ; Steinbeck's personal observations informed The grapes of wrath / Peter Lisca ; Steinbeck was honored for sympathetic portrayals of the oppressed / Anders Österling
Reverence for the common people / Joseph Warren Beach ; Steinbeck was careful not to sentimentalize his characters / Louis Owens ; White Okies were not the only victims of industrialism / Charles Cunningham ; Personal morality is compromised by corporate values / Joseph Allegretti ; Machines of industrialization are impersonal monsters / Robert J. Griffin and William A. Freedman ; Biblical parallels emphasize the spiritual aspect of the Joads' journey / Joseph Fontenrose ; Okies' transformation from personal to political struggle / Stephen Railton ; Migrants were lured to California by an unattainable prize / Jessica B. Teisch ; Steinbeck exaggerated the scale of the Okies' misfortune / Keith Windschuttle Steinbeck helped to change perceptions of the homeless / Christina Sheehan Gold
Corporations and the government must protect farm workers' rights / Human Rights Watch et al. ; Corporations must adhere to a code of ethics in the post-Enron environment / David F. Jadwin ; Industrialism is killing the family farm / Circle of Responsibility ; Oil shortages will change the definition of industrialism / John Michael Greer ; Home ownership offers security to immigrants / Sue Kirchhoff.
|Series||Social issues in literature.|
-- Grapes of wrath.
Industrialization in literature.
|Publisher|| Detroit :Greenhaven Press,2008
179 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 168-171) and index.