I wasn’t “forced” to read this in school. Instead, I chose to read it now and I’m very glad I did. It’s an emotional investment to read this book. Unfortunately, much of the book still rings true today. The working poor who have no power are trampled on by those greedy to make a profit. Steinbeck's greatest strength is characterization. He is able to realistically portray the emotional lives and thoughts of characters of all kinds. Steinbeck’s beliefs that the value of every human life and the dignity of a person are more important than corporate and personal greed and lust for power are woven throughout the novel. The Grapes of Wrath is rightly considered a timeless classic.