The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath shows prejudice against outsiders or against those that seem to be "different."  I need a few examples of this as it is portrayed in the novel.

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In The Grapes of Wrath, we see prejudice against the migrant workers who travel to California for a better life, like the Joad family. They are seen as outsiders and paid little for their work while also being charged a high amount for tools and supplies. These outsiders are called "Okies," and, as noted in the text, this term is used in a derogatory manner:

People gonna have a look in their eye. They gonna look at you an’ their face says, "I don’t like you, you son-of-a-bitch."...You never been called "Okie" yet...Okie use’ ta mean you was from Oklahoma. Now it means you’re a dirty son-of-a-bitch. Okie means you’re scum. Don’t mean nothing itself, it’s the way they say it.

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