Can someone tell me why the gas station attendant resented the big company stations in town?i need the answer to understand the book.   Thank you in advance

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William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

John Steinbeck was an ardent socialist when he wrote Grapes of Wrath. He believed the rich people were turning America into an oligarchy, notably through the power of corporations. The big company stations are just another indication of the rich driving the poor and middle class off the farms and out of business. The gas station is just a character speaking for Steinbeck.

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