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  • Grapes Of Wrath - 539 words
    John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck wrote this book in the hopes that people would be able to see what was happening to our nations people. He wanted to open their eyes to see the hardships that migrants faced everyday and he accomplished this through the telling of the Joads family story. Starting with the day that their ex-convict son comes home on parole, the lives of the Joads never really go back to normal. After being evicted from their property by the bank, the whole family packs up and goes the only way they canWest. Their plight involves beginning a new life by casting away the methods of the past and being able to endure the misfortunes that life throws at them. Of c ...
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    Milton, J. 1991. The First Born. USA: Harvard College. John Milton, at Harvard College, wrote this book. This book mainly deals with the first born child and his/her role in the family. The First Born gets very into detail about the characteristics of the first born child and the child's relationship with the parents. The book also went into detail about the first born child's relationship with the other siblings in the family. Milton was excellent at providing information on the first born child's emotional standpoint and the different reactions the child has to family situations. Bates, L. 1990. Inside the Family: Birth Order. London: Woodrow Publishing. Laura Bates wrote this book, and I ...
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  • Grapes Of Wrath - 509 words
    Essentially, The Grapes of Wrath is a novel of social protest. It was designed to inform the public of the migrant's plight. It is a plea for the land owners of California and the banks in the dust bowl states to be more tolerant. It shows how the migrants were made to starve by the California land owners and banks just so they could turn a profit. It shows many of the methods that they used to cheat the migrants out of money and keep them from organizing. Ma Joad is the backbone of the Joad family. When things were really bad the family turned to her and not to Pa. The family gauged their own emotions by looking at her reaction. She knew that if she faltered then the whole family would coll ...
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  • Grapes Of Wrath Allusions - 829 words
    John Steinbeck carefully molded his story The Grapes of Wrath to encompass many themes and ideas. He included several Biblical allusions to enforce his message of the migrating families coming together to form a community. Steinbeck alludes to Biblical characters through Jim Casy and Rose of Sharon, events like the familys journey to California and the flood at the end of the novel, and teachings throughout the novel. The Biblical allusions represented by the characters in the novel are most obvious in the characters of Jim Casy and Rose of Sharon. However, the Joad family is made up of twelve including Connie, much like the twelve disciples that followed Jesus. Connie represents the traitor ...
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  • The Grapes Of Wrath - 1,579 words
    Through such hardships as the Depression, the Dust Bowl summers, and trying to provide for their own families, which included the search for a safe existence, we find the story of the Joad's. The Joad's are the main family in John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath, which he created to give voice to the hundreds of families that found themselves at their absolute rock bottom during the Great Depression of the 20th Century in America. It wouldn't have been enough for Steinbeck to simply document the strife that faced these families in very plain terms, for anyone could have simply logged an account of events and published it. Rather, he needed to draw us in with emotional content, to do th ...
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  • The Grapes Of Wrath - 1,531 words
    ... ction with the characters of this story, the events themselves reveal Steinbeck's second major area of symbolism. He uses the events to shape his characters, as well as tell his story -- symbolic to the test of mortal life, the very reason we are here, so the Bible teaches us. There are several examples that illustrate how triumphant the human spirit can be in times of trouble and mental fatigue. The trek West itself reveals just how committed the Joad's were to their dreams. They risk everything just to find work and a place to live -- the basics. Each event serves as one more essential hurdle each main character must adapt to in order to fully disclose his/her own symbolism. For instan ...
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  • Grapes Of Wrath - 325 words
    Ma Joad realized on here trip that if you didnt look nice or didnt have any money you could not get help from the rich people. For example when the boys went to a nice neighbor hood to get some work to ear money, the rich ladies wanted them gone because of the way they looked. It is like that today, but I cant speak for all rich people. People get put in life where they are supposed to be weather they like it or not. That is why we have class system. Higher, middle, and lower. Many of the higher-class people only associate with the higher class. Then middle with the middle. If you are now well dressed or look poor and you ask for help from a rich person dont expect to get any. Many rich peop ...
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  • Grapes Of Wrath - 1,287 words
    The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck exists as one of the greatest novels ever written during the Great Depression. Steinbeck uses life experiences as a tool for gaining knowledge on how migrants from the middle of the United States suffered during these difficult times. For example, the author actually lived with a migrant family for a while during the 1930s, and ultimately the family decided to move to California in hopes for a more suitable life (class notes, 10/18). These life experiences are what spurred Steinbeck to write this prominent novel. The main chararcters of The Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family along with Jim Casey, suffer through various hardships during their journey to Ca ...
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  • The Grapes Of Wrath - 1,376 words
    The east is a vast collection of farmland filled with few growing crops and a whole lotta dust. The farmers are making little money and are forced off of their land by the bank. Tom Joad walks down the street and gets a ride down the road by a trucker. After walking toward his house, he meets Casy, a former preacher who is sitting under a tree. They begin to talk and Tom explains that he was in prison for killing a person that pulled a knife on him. They walk together to Tom's house but finds that it is deserted. A friend Muley Graves tells them that the Joads moved to Uncle John's house and are planning to move west to California. The next morning they go to Uncle John's house. There Tom me ...
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  • The Grapes Of Wrath - 415 words
    It is true that the key to survival is to be the fittest. This has many meanings. This ties in with The Great Depression because most of the people that made it through the depression where people that worked hard and had good outlooks on the working life. This means that a person that doesnt going to give up as easily will not give in to the inhumanity of man. If I had to chose where I would during the great depression, I would live in the city. This is because there are many jobs available. And by getting a successful job, I would be successful in life itself. This is the whole point of the depression, survival. If you are successful and are making enough money to survive, then you will su ...
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  • Grapes Of Wrath Movie Review - 488 words
    Would John Steinbeck be proud of the Steppenwolf Theatre Companys productions of the Grapes of Wrath? No. This production of the Grapes of Wrath does the book no justice and lacks a very important theme presented throughout the novel. One theme, which it lacks is--I to we. This play was very limiting in that it only presented one familys plight and not a panoramic picture. A key example of this would be the absence of the Wilsons. This family was very important, to the theme as well as the characters development. There are many difficulties encountered when trying to make a novel into a stage production. However, Mr. Galati has done a poor job, getting across the importance of the novel. He ...
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  • Man's Indominability In The Grapes Of Wrath - 1,316 words
    A study of the characters in John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath, reveals mans indomitability and endurance. Steinbeck potently suggests that there is a distinct time in life where the choice must be made to either sacrifice ones spirit, or to stay true to ones self. In spite of their lack of food and without having a direct promise of a stable job, the Joad family perceptibly allow their spirit to lead them to obtain their individual goals. Evidently, the theme of spiritual survival ultimately determines whether one will succeed or fail. The Joad family maintain faith within themselves during the times when most become discouraged and defeated. Nowhere other than in The Book of Job, in The ...
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  • Man's Indominability In The Grapes Of Wrath - 1,333 words
    ... respects and honors individuals who strive to earn honest work. Toms character seems somewhat callous, as he rarely articulates his feelings; however, Toms spirit may be clearly seen in the work he does for his family and friends. When his favored friend, Casey, places himself in a struggle against local guards at a camp, Tom is there battling on his friends side. Although this ultimately sends Tom Joad into permanent hiding, his spirit remains potent. Even in his departure from his family, this character still aches to be supporting them spiritually: Ill be everwhere - wherever you look. Wherever theys a cop beatin up a guy, Ill be there. . . Ill be in the way kids laugh when theyre hu ...
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  • The Grapes Of Wrath - 614 words
    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 ...
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  • Grapes Of Wrath - 414 words
    The Joads suffer alot of tragedies during their trip to California in search of work, like the death of both grandparents and an unborn child. The characters do have kindness and make their share of sacrifices like how the Joads showed their kindness when they gave a dollar away to the Wilsons when they were going to stay behind even though the Joads didnt have much money. However, there are a few examples in the book that are truly great examples of how humans care for one another. The first example of a great sacrifice was when Casy took the blame for Tom when a contractor labels Floyd a red and the deputy arrests him on false charges. Floyd runs away while the deputy chases him and Tom tr ...
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  • Grapes Of Wrath - 511 words
    In the epic movie Grapes of Wrath, director John Ford depicted a saga of one family trying to survive the 1930s. In watching this film, it helped me to understand the hardships of the American migrants. The characters showed unique traits and dealt with problems each in a different way. The Dust Bowl was an ecological and human disaster that took place in the southwestern Great Plains region, including Oklahoma. Misuse of land and years of sustained drought caused it. Millions of acres of farmland became useless, and hundreds of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes --many migrated to California. As the land dried up, great clouds of dust and sand, carried by the wind, covered ...
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  • Grapes Of Wrath - Allusion - 448 words
    Text: "He held the apple box against his chest. And then he leaned over and set the box in the stream and steadied it with his hand. He said fiercely, "Go down an' tell 'em. Go down in the street an' rot an' tell 'em that way....Maybe they'll know then." He guided the box gently out into the current and let it go" (493). "I figgered, 'maybe it's all men an' all women we love; maybe that's the Holy Sperit- the human sperit-the whole shebang. Maybe all men got one big soul ever'body's a part of.' Now I sat there thinkin' it, an' all of a suddent- I knew it. I knew it so deep down that it was true, and I still know it..." (25). "If you could separate causes from results, if you could know that ...
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  • Grapes Of Wrath Character Journal - 620 words
    Ruthie & her Cracker Jacks: "So they got mad. An' one kid grabbed her Cracker Jack box.... So Ruthie got mad an' chase 'em, an' she fit one, an' then she fit another, an' then one big girl up an' licked her... So then Ruthie cried, an' she said she'd git her big brother, an' he'd kill that big girl..... An' then- an' the, Ruthie said our brother already kil't two fellas...."(455) Today at camp Pa bought Winfiel' an' me a lil' box of Cracker Jack. Then when I was eating some kids they see and want some. But I didn't give 'em none, I worked good for them lil' box. But then them mean kids come and stoled my Cracker Jack from my hands. So then I chased 'em and hit them. Then this big girl, this ...
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  • Grapes Of Wrath - Characterization - 670 words
    Evidence/ Quotations from the Text: "Winfield was breathless in his telling. 'So then they fit, an' that big girl hit Ruthie a good one, an' Ruthie said her brother'd kill that big girl's brother. An' then- an' then, Ruthie said our brother already kil't two fellas. An'- an' that big girl said, 'Oh yeah! You're jus' a litlle smarty liar.' An' Ruthie said, 'Oh yeah? Well, our brother's a- hiding right now from killin' a fella, an' he can kill that big girl's brother too" (456). "Muley continued, 'Well, sir, it's a funny thing. Somepin went an' happened to me when they tol' me I had to get off the place. .. Then all my folks all went away out west. An' I got wanderin' aroun'. Jus' walkin' arou ...
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  • Why Grapes Of Wrath Is Brilliant - 688 words
    The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of the Joad family, migrant farmers from Oklahoma traveling to California in search of an illusion of prosperity. The novel's strong attitude stirred up much controversy and was banned from schools and stores due to its vulgar language. This story, winning the Pulitzer Prize, is considered to be John Steinbacks greatest work. What makes this novel such a masterpiece is its use of symbolism, its description about history and its use of intercalary chapters. A first reason why Steinbacks novel is such a work of art is because of his use of symbolism. Steinback fills the novel with incredible symbolism, from Tom Joad crushing the grasshopper, to the famous tu ...
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