In Dubious Battle is a 1936 novel by John Steinbeck. Like many of his stories, it is set in The Great Depression. It tells the story of individuals in the Party (hinted to be Communists) who tried to incite riots throughout Central California.
This novel provides examples of:
- Animal Motifs: Dogs. Several characters are described like dogs, and dogs in general are featured prominently in the novel.
- Literary Allusion Title: The title "In Dubious Battle" is from John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost.