Interpreting Poverty In The Gr Essay

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Interpreting Poverty In The Gr


UNCONTROLLABLE POVERTY
Throughout history, less fortunate people have been set apart or shunned from the general
public. In the Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, this statement holds true. Throughout
the whole book, all of the less fortunate people are treated like they aren't even human.
This is not much different than how our society is now. In the news article "Major Cities
Get Tough With Homeless", by Angie Cannon, Judy Appel said, "We are saying it is your
fault that we have created a structure where there aren't enough jobs and housing for you
to lead a decent life." (Cannon 1) Appel is saying the same thing Steinbeck was saying in
his book. Many homeless people are homeless because they were forced to be that way, and
the general public doesn't realize it.

In the Grapes of Wrath, and in the present time, the general public has set the less
fortunate apart from themselves without even realizing it. "I'm seeing more apathy on the
part of people. I think people used to feel badly. And now, I think people feel bothered.
That's a dangerous shift." (Cannon 1) What she means is that at one point in time we used
to care for the homeless. We used to try and help them out. Now we don't care and we just
want to get rid of them. This is very similar to the situation in the Grapes of Wrath. At
first they wanted thousands of people to come and work, but when they actually started
coming, the general public wanted to get rid of them. "And the men of the towns and of the
soft suburban county gathered to defend themselves; and the reassured themselves that they
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