Juxtaposition In The Grapes Of Wrath

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“Once California belonged to Mexico, and its land to the Mexicans; and a horde of tattered feverish Americans poured in.” That was from the nineteenth chapter of John Steinbeck's Novel, The Grapes of Wrath, in which Americans claim Mexican land for their self. After several generations the Americans have Mexicans, among other immigrants, working for extremely low pay. The Americans can get away with this because “if they gety funny--deport them.” Throughout this chapter Steinbeck uses a mixture of Irony, symbolism, and Juxtaposition to show man’s greed and the unfairness of life. Addressing the elephant in the room, the largest language skill used to portray the message in this chapter is Irony. First, this chapter shows how Mexicans once