The theme of the novel "The Grape Of Wrath" is class conflicts and money. John Steinbeck is saying, money is the only thing that people actually care about, society is controlled over pieces of paper and metal that represents a made up thing called currency. Also when poor people are ruthlessly driven away from their land by those who have possessions and who only seek to own more stuff, class conflict becomes a big issue too.
Life becomes a battle between the haves and have-nots. The conflict spreads when the migrants were seeking a better life in California, landowners find the migrants a cheap source of labor and a means to maximize profit. Steinbeck writes "The woman will sniff as though she smelled rotting meat and they will go out again and tell forever afterward that the people in the west are sullen" (Steinbeck 212). This quotation shows how disrespectful people with money are to the lower class and how they thing they are better than them just because of money. Mae can tell just by how they act and the car that they drive, that they will act like that, that is how most if not all the merchant class and higher treat the working class.
The migrants look at the wealthy and see waste and inhumanity, they don't understand why those who have so much are not willing to let the poor simply live. Steinbeck writes “Our people are good people; our people are kind people. Pray God some day kind people won't all be poor” (Steinbeck 326). This quote shows that even though the lower classes have very little money and could rather use it for themselves, they still help people out that are in the same situation as them or doing even worse.
Steinbeck states that money talks as it says in this sentence, “ Can’t think of that. Got to think of my own kids. Three dollars a day, and it comes every day. Times are...