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Another Ending To The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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There is one book that can, and does affect everyone that reads is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. John Steinbeck is a very interesting person, and one that did not even graduate from college. New York seems to be the city of new beginnings and for Steinbeck it was just what he needed. He got a big reality check when he tried to become a free lance writer and that did not work out the way he had hoped it would. He then went back to California and published both short stories and novels. Steinbeck got heavily critiqued on his first novels and considers his best work The Grapes of Wrath by far. Since this was such a successful novel and one that needed to be shared with more people they made a movie based on the book, but left out some key parts at the end of the novel. They left out these last chapters because of some key reasons and when you read the book you begin to understand why they could not have put these words into a picture. John Steinbeck creates a picture and feeling at the end of the novel that is almost unbearable to read and leaves you with a feeling of dread but, that is what The Grapes of Wrath is all about.
The novel The Grapes of Wrath ends with the Jones clan experiencing a lot of heartache and loss that is a great realization for everyone reading the novel. When you watch the movie you get a sense that everything turns out great; that they drive off into the sunset and find work and a new home and live life with their family. This is not the case. The book leaves us with a realization of how terrible the conditions were for everyone living in that era, and how few actually survived. After reading this novel you might not even realize what you just read. A family travels across the United States to go where there is promised work, there is no work, all the family’s that had to come to California were left to starve to death and a lot of them did. Everyone treated them as if they were not American, as if they were foreigners. Every family had to try and support their children and the elderly they were traveling with. As in the story they had to leave family members on their way to where they were going because they did not have money to do anything else with them. Steinbeck really did a flawless job describing how terrible the conditions were for all of these people.
One of the most overlooked characters at the beginning of The Grapes of Wrath is Rose of Sharon. You begin to learn how strong of a person she is at the end of the novel. This whole trip she is pregnant with Connie’s child and he is one that left the family. That alone would be hard to come to terms with. Then when you finally give birth to this child you have been carrying this whole time, it is a stillborn. Then to...

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