The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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In The Grapes Of Wrath, what power do the small farmers have against the banks and the tractors?

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The small farmers have little or no power against the banks and the tractors. In their helplessness, they symbolize the plight of the poor during the Great Depression.

The tenant farmers' predicament highlights the lack of accountability of those who make the crucial decisions that have such a disastrous impact on the lives of society's poorest and most vulnerable. The tractor drivers demolish the tenant farmers' property to free up the land for more profitable farming. This is so the banks can make more money out of the land. In turn, the banks need to make more money because they're under severe economic pressure and need to satisfy the demands...

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The banks do not own the land. The tractors may move the dirt around, but the winds and rains move the dirt back to where it was to begin with. The banks are merely caretakers of the lands, and a tractor is a tool. But the power that the small farmers have is that they live, die, and bleed on the land. Therefore, the land truly belongs to them.

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