I do really enjoy John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and so far I have been completely on board with all of its intricate themes and unique literary styles. But until recently the one thing I haven't been able to wrap my head around --and ironically the one thing Mr. Heidkamp seems to be most convinced of-- is this book's connection to our day and age. Sure i get how the banks destroyed the farmers' lives and how today the "little guy" still seems to get pushed down, but the book was a little slow at giving me a strikingly personal example of how it carries through the ages... until page 321.
This page is the point in the book where Ma (Mrs. Joad) has just cursed out Lisbeth Sandry, the overzealous, Christian woman who scares Rosasharn. The camp manager comes over to the place of the conflict and gets rid of the religious intruder. He then proceeds to tell Ma that Sandry was an unfortunate nuisance to the camp but that she won't be bothering Ma anymore on account that she is a "sinner." Ma then says "Well, I am." and the manager says "Sure. Everybody is, but not the way she means." This line in particular is what made the connection to today in my mind. This was the trigger because it shows how whatever society looked like on the surface (pious, clean, ect.), the people really knew better. But even so, it didn't bother them, which is much like today. America now is majorly made up of good but not perfect people who don't let their flaws control them, and it has a minority of those who desperately try to rid it of "sin."