It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. ~Ansel Adams

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In Cassuto's "Turning Wine into Water: Water as Priviledged Signifier in The Grapes of Wrath", he states, "The difference between the Okies and the banks lay more in scale and philosophy than methodology and eventual result.  Both sides participated in the capitalist mechanism, but the banks had better adapted to thrive within it" (78)

As I thought about this point, I realized that this had alot to do with today and what's going on with our environment.  In this quote, it is directed to how everything had to change because of the economy of the area, and despite what the Okies had to say about it, they knew that their time was limited.  They participated in the deal and they, unfortunately, got the short straw.  If we apply this idea to the depletion of our environment's condition, we can see that at some point in our future, changes will have to be made similar to these.

This simple quote in Cassuto's article is timeless.  Yes, it is directed to the novel The Grapes of Wrath, but if we close read it and broaden our sense of the quote, we find that is the largeset groups way of life that influences the future.  If we don't change the way we treat the world's environment, soon there will be inevitable changes that hurt people and their families.  However, this quote will be able to apply to any major issue in society for the rest of time.  It's a matter of cause and effect.

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