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The Grapes of Wrath

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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath is set in the horrible stage of our American history, the Depression. Economic, social, and historical surroundings separate the common man of America into basically the rich and poor. A basic theme is that man turns against one another in a selfish pride to only protect themselves. For example, the landowners create a system in which migrants are treated like animals and pushed along from one roadside camp to the next. They are denied decent wages and forced to turn against their fellow scramblers to simply survive.

The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of two types of ‘families’ in that the Joads are a factual one and the body of migrant workers as the other. The Joads are actual blood together, but their loyalty to one another is the true essence of their family-hood. The Joads stand as ideal figures in their refusal to be broken by the circumstances against them. Each character undergoes tremendous heartache and burden, yet they stay true to their plans and never give up. While the Joad family is moving from Oklahoma to California, Ma Joad holds the family together because her belief that a broken-family will not be able to accomplish their mammoth task. This is displayed by her not allowing the two cars to split and arrive at California at different times when one of the cars breaks down as they are leaving Oklahoma. Pa Joad is a hardworking man who is uplifted from his normal way of life and forced to account for his family n...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the grapes of wrath is set in the horrible stage of american history, the depression. economic, social, and historical surroundings separate the common man into basically the rich and poor.
  • Analyzes how the grapes of wrath tells the story of two types of ‘families’ in that the joads are factual and the body of migrant workers as the other.
  • Analyzes how the setting is important to the novel because it sets the role and background of the characters. the depression that has hit nailed the common man and jobs are scarce.
  • Analyzes how steinbeck focused on symbolism and foreshadowing in the novel to the upcoming parts.
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