"The best story from the point of view of sociology is one that by the nature of its incdent sets pounding the most fundamental human troubles."Please explain this quote in regards to The Grapes of...

"The best story from the point of view of sociology is one that by the nature of its incdent sets pounding the most fundamental human troubles."

Please explain this quote in regards to The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

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luannw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I understand your question, you are asking how does the quote relate to The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck.  Steinbeck wrote Grapes of Wrath for a particular reason - he saw what he perceived to be an injustice and he wanted others to see it too, and to do something about it.  Steinbeck worked as a reporter/correspondent doing a feature on the American migrant workers in California during the Great Depression.  What he saw appalled  him.  He saw people starving to death and being treated very poorly.  He saw people with no place to go just adrift in the world.  He saw the wealthy land owners in California taking advantage of the situation by paying the migrant farm workers extremely low wages and he saw local residents who did not want the migrants workers around.  In "Grapes of Wrath", Steinbeck shows all that he saw with the characters of the Joad family.  He shows the horrors of the Hoovervilles and how the locals, including local law enforcement, treated the migrants.  By creating the fictional Joad family, Steinbeck personified the story which helped to make people identify with the characters and the situation.  Steinbeck pulls at the heart strings with the death of Rose of Sharon's baby.  He shocks the reader with the stark, final vision of Rose of Sharon's kind act at the end of the book.  Readers were not left with a warm, fuzzy feeling upon completion of this book and their reaction did force changes that were meant to help the American migrant workers.  Therefore, Steinbeck did write a story that pointed out a societal problem that rallied people to make changes in society.

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