Steinbek's myth of the okies

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When creating any account of history it is unavoidable that the writer of fiction (or even brute fact) will select and combine sources he designates as relevant in order to aid the overall meaning-making process of the text. Thus, Steinbeck's attempt to generate dramatised myth around the history of depression and in particular the Okies, is only a function of the narrative intended to "capture" the reader...
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For example, in response to Keith Windschuttle's article some readers of the New Criterion have been quoted; "?the greatness of The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck's masterpiece and one of the great American novels, should not be minimized, and I believe Mr. Windshuttle was wrong to do so. It is a story of the bravery and perseverance of three-dimensional human beings who come to life on the novel's pages...
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