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The Grapes of Wrath: Overview May 28, 2007

Posted by Michelle in Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
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When The Grapes of Wrath was published, it was banned, publicly burned, and it’s author criticized for his political and social views from both sides of the spectrum. How do you respond to Steinbecks depiction of the plight of the poor? Of the farmers? Is Steinbeck a propagandist? A socialist? A believer reflecting Gods word? Did the book earn the Pulitzer Prize it received? Did Steinbeck deserve the Nobel Prize that he was awarded?

The Grapes of Wrath eventually led to congressional hearings on migrant camp conditions and changes in labor laws. Are you provoked to make changes in your view and/or lifestyle? If so, what?

What would you say this book is about in one word or one sentence?

Do you see any parallels between the Christianity and the book? Teachings? Characters? Etc? If so, what and why?

Anyone want to take a stab at explaining why Steinbeck chose the title he did? What it means?

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1. bethany3boys - June 4, 2007

I need to sit down without my kids grabbing at me and think about these questions you have posted. These last few chapters were very hard for me emotionally. I think being pregnant and relating to what Rose of Sharon was going through really touched me. I so felt for her and it made me sad and angry and so many emotions.

Thanks for picking this book. IT was such a great read and very eye opening and convicting…makes me look a the world a little differently.

2. Michelle - June 5, 2007

I mentioned this book in another section of this discussion, but I wanted to recommend it again here. I think it would be a great followup to Grapes of Wrath.

It’s called: Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger by Ronald Sider. There are a number of different versions, it’s been edited and reprinted many times. I heard from someone that it’s better to read a more updated version as the author has had time to refine his thoughts and use current statistics and examples.

God used this book to change my worldview and push me out of my comfort zone.

3. Bethany - June 5, 2007

I think we have that book here Michelle. I think Aaron read it so I will have to find it. Thanks for the recommendation


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