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Grapes of Wrath Essay: Steinbeck's Themes of Strength and Sacrifice

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Themes of Strength and Sacrifice in The Grapes of Wrath,

 

In Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, Ma Joad and Rose of Sharon graphically portray the themes of strength and sacrifice.  They are universal characters, the people who make up the fabric of society in every nation.  Through them we understand the need for unity and we feel the desperation of the billions of laborers who struggle every day just to survive.

            Throughout the story Ma is a model of the strength of the human spirit.  For example, Steinbeck says of her, "if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone".  She is the foundation upon which the rest of the family stands.  Just as when a single driblet of dye is dropped into a glass of water and disperses throughout, her strength permeates to the rest of the family, infusing them with her mightiness.  Also, when the Wilson’s car breaks down and Pa proposes...

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