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Interpreting poverty in the gr

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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, ...

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