John Steinbeck and Communism Analytical Essay by Ranika

John Steinbeck and Communism
An examination of John Steinbeck's American novel "The Grapes of Wrath" and its shared concepts with the Communist Soviet Union.
# 9238 | 850 words | 1 source | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 02, 2003 in Literature (American) , Political Science (Communism) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explores American writer John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath", as its portrays similar political principles of the Soviets. It examines how the novel and the Communist party share common dislikes. The paper describes that the political books were burned and banned in Russia during this period and John Steinbeck reigned as the most popular American author during the Communist Era in Russia.

From the Paper:

"With his classy, pictorial, and candid novel The Grapes of Wrath, the prolific author John Steinbeck attained enormous recognition for his brilliant, expressive writing style from Americans. During his time, he won countless awards for his best novel The Grapes of Wrath, an account of the many struggles faced by a migrant working family in Oklahoma that was evicted and forced to leave their home and relocate to California during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Despite his critical, cynical, and sometimes impetuous outlook on American government, he was the only American Nobel Prize Winner in Literature from California of his time. However, most peculiarly John Steinbeck was also considered the most popular American author in the Soviet Union during the Communist era. But one would question the reason for this popularity because Soviet Government was known to keep a tight grip on the political novels written, and they primarily kept their subjects sheltered from exposure to such opinions. Why John Steinbeck? And of all books, why Grapes? What is the reason behind the Soviet kingdoms? relish for this novel, especially in the midst of the Communist era?"

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