The Steinbeck novels that contain scenes of childbirth attempt to revise the narrative of production to favor the masculine over the feminine. In Dubious Battle, East of Eden, The Forgotten Village, The Grapes of Wrath, and To a God Unknown represent the spectrum of types of childbirth that ranges from the successful male-centric model to the disastrous female-led birth in The Forgotten Village and The Grapes of Wrath. This revision of the generative power of women is a part of Steinbeck's broader revision of the production narrative as it relates to his social commentaries about the land.

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