the grapes of wrath
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Certainly the fact that the capitalist free market, big business and banks are put in a heartless and cold light. Capitalism seems to let the market dictate whether these families starve or work for slave wages. I can see how this book was considered communist in an atmosphere of paranoia against the "reds". I think Steinbeck was making a human plea. He wanted humanity to have a greater factor than the profit motive. The ability to take care of each other is not limited to communist ideology.