The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is a novel that is abundant with accurate depictions and allusions to various events in history. It is a fictional story that accurately describes the conditions that many people experienced during the Dust Bowl Migration and the Great Depression. In addition to a truthful illustration of the 1930's, parallels are made to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the French Revolution, both through the theme of class separation. Another historical allusion that can be found is through the theme of prejudice. The story also brings to mind the ethics of modern technology and the problems associated (in contrast with the Industrial Revolution). The novel merits a brief summary of the plot, as well as a description of prominent characters and events in the story.
John Steinbeck's novel tells the specific story of the Joad family in order to illustrate the hardship and oppression suffered by migrant laborers during the Great Depression. The novel begins with a description of the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. All the crops are destroyed and the bank is forcing the removal of farmers from their land in an attempt to organize a collective maintained by a fraction of the work force and modern technology.