How does John Steinbeck use social realism in The Grapes of Wrath?

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Social realism is defined as a medium that artists, authors, filmmakers, and photographers portray and depict the everyday lives of poor, working-class individuals. John Steinbeck's use of social realism illustrates the difficulties that migrant workers endured during the Depression as they traveled from Oklahoma to California in hopes of finding work and living comfortable lives. Steinbeck chronicles the difficulties that farming families such as the Joads experienced during the Dust Bowl, as big banks foreclosed on their once prosperous land, leaving families displaced and homeless. While characters such as Muley Graves refuse to leave their land, the Joads pack their belongings and make the arduous journey to California. Along the way, Steinbeck illustrates the various struggles the Joad family endures, which include death, poverty, harassment, angst, and imminent danger.

Throughout the Joad family's journey, Steinbeck also depicts how other poverty-stricken individuals selflessly help...

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