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*Grapes of Wrath Question for the experts* ANSWERED!

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10 hours ago, slaytonf said:

 I'm not saying any or all of that is right or wrong, I'm just saying be honest about it.

You've stolen my childhood. How dare you!

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On 7/18/2020 at 5:44 PM, slaytonf said:

Ah, so condemning brutality, exploitation, tyranny, and viciousness is left.  I had always thought it was human.  Oh, it's the wages.  That's what does it.

Ah, you misunderstand me if you think I don't lean LEFT.  And if you don't see how and what JOHN STEINBECK and JOHN FORD communicated at yet another politically charged time in the USA you are overlooking the history of this country and how such works were perceived.  

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On 7/21/2020 at 12:42 AM, slaytonf said:

Everyone is a socialist.  Not only conservatives, but even people who say they are socialists are socialists.  Everyone is perfectly happy to benefit from the advantages of communities, associations, or government.  The difference is conservatives refuse to acknowledge the benefits they gain, or any responsibilities they might have for those benefits.

The point about my post was that I get tired at the casual back-hand swipes people of a certain cast take at works like The Grapes of Wrath, both the book and movie, seeking to deligitimize it through trivialization.  In this instance, citing its 'preachiness'.  Calling out the brutal oppression and exploitation farmworkers and dust bowl refugees experienced in their trek for work and a place to live is not political, but human, even if it includes promoting the idea that people should be paid enough to keep them from starving to death after working sixty hours or more a week.  I would like to point out that conditions for farmworkers still is exploitative and brutal.  People die from exposure to pesticides and heat exhaustion.

My guess is some people feel threatened in some ways by great works of art, perhaps because they challenge comfortable assumptions they carry about the world.  Sniffing at it, or casually dropping negative characterizations helps them cope with their insecurity.  If you can look down on something, you must be above it.

You waded into an exchange between myself and another member.  Look at the context. 

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