The Grapes of Wrath | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John J. Conder

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of The Grapes of Wrath.
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Critical Essay by John J. Conder

SOURCE: Conder, John J. “Steinbeck and Nature's Self: The Grapes of Wrath.” In Naturalism in American Fiction: The Classic Phase, pp. 142-59. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1984.

In the following essay, Conder examines the role of determinism in The Grapes of Wrath.

Both Dreiser and Dos Passos saw the self as a product of mechanisms and hence incapable of freedom, and both postulated the existence of a second self beyond the limitations of determinism. Dreiser arrived late at the notion and, borrowing it wholesale from Brahmanic thought, barely tested its meaning, save to see it as the source of man's freedom. Although Dos Passos never developed a version of such a self, he early found its existence and suppression the cause of man's misery and, in elaborating on that theme...

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