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Although racism permeates the book and could be considered a major theme, I feel that the author used racism as a tool rather than as her primary subject.
The Great Depression created an environment that exacerbated problems for both cultures. The story does not dwell on poverty, but the hard times prevent many of the characters from doing anything to improve their lots.
Somber, tragic, leaving the reader with a paralyzing sense of the injustice and cruelty inflicted on some of America’s people. The protagonist also develops an understandable sense of bitterness.
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