Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
The Grapes of Wrath
Yes, but the bank is only made of men.
No, you're wrong thereâ€”quite wrong there. The bank is something else than men. It happens that every man in a bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it.
The tenants cried, Grampa killed Indians, Pa killed snakes for the land. Maybe we can kill banksâ€”they're worse than Indians and snakes. Maybe we got to fight to keep our land, like Pa and Grampa did.
And now the owner men grew angry. You'll have to go.
- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939)