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Dubious battle

             The novel In Dubious Battle is a story about conflict between the working class and the wealthier elite. Mac, a red, is sent by the Communist Party to stir up a revolt against the avaricious proprietors and return justice to the working class with a substantial wage along with dignity. Like any other strike, Mac would continue to another group of agitated workers who needed a leader to rebel. There was never a finishing conclusion. " "There ain't no after," Mac said. "When this one's done, we"ll be in another one." " (Steinbeck 265). The knowledge the reds (such as Mac) gained in leadership, persuasion and organization of large groups was astonishing, which is why the strikes took their toll in the 1930's. The Communist Party accepts people of all race and desires to appoint skilled servicemen to continue their idealism. Therefore, Mac was introduced to a man named Jim Nolan, a man with a futile future that Mac felt he might be able to train during the next strike. .
             "In Dubious Battle" was the culmination of events such as the lowering of wages, unsafe equipment and unsanitary living conditions which finally motivated the workers to use their power to strike. Torgas valley was in the hands of the Growers Association, who by virtue of ownership of the orchards also held power. In our culture the suspicion that life can be unfair presents a cloud of injustice, which gathers over the soul. Initially the workers allowed the growers to have absolute power because they provided jobs. As the workers became a bigger part of the organization they began to see how they were treated unfairly. When the growers did not have absolute authority, force was utilized to support their power. The growers hired vigilantes to harass and kill the striking workers that refused to come back to work. Another way they implemented their power over the pickers was through substandard wages and over charging for food.

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