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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck

THE STORY CHAPTER 21

Can you see the thin line between hunger and anger? Steinbeck tries to show it to us in this short interchapter.


Hunger changes you. You'll do anything to get food. And when people who do have food keep it from you, you're bound to resent it. And when you are hungry and you see money that could go to wages go instead to gas, guns, agents, spies, and a whole range of hostile acts to keep you down, how can you help growing more resentful? And when the resentment is strong enough, you can't tell it from anger.

And soon the anger "ferments." Like wine, it becomes potent.

And the title The Grapes of Wrath begins to make more sense.  

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