Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"The Grapes of Wrath" (Excerpts)

 
"The Grapes of Wrath" (Excerpts)
by John Steinbeck
"They breathe profits; they eat the interest on money. If they don't get it, they die the way you die without air, without side-meat." [referring to the banks- CP]

"The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it."

"It ain't that big. The whole United States ain't that big. It ain't that big. It ain't big enough. There ain't room enough for you an' me, for your kind an' my kind, for rich and poor together all in one country, for thieves and honest men. For hunger and fat."

"And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed."

"How can you frighten a man whose hunger is not only in his own cramped stomach but in the wretched bellies of his children? You can't scare him- he has known a fear beyond every other."

"In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage...”

- John Steinbeck, American writer of “The Grapes of Wrath,” the 1939 Pulitzer 
prize-winning novel. Born 1902. Died 1968. Nobel Prize for Literature 1962.
Sound familiar?

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