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  • The Grapes Of Wrath - 334 words
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Changing Dream In The Grapes Of Wrath - 355 words
    The Grapes of Wrath was written by award winning author John Steinbeck, it won the Pulitzer prize in 1940. Steinbeck was born In Salinas, California in 1902. John Steinbeck one the Nobel Prize for literature. He has written many touching books such as , Tortillia Flat, Dubious Battle and Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck was a fantastic author and a compelling man, he died at his home in New York City in 1968. The Joads have overcame many things throughout the novel Grapes Of Wrath such as death, depression, and separation. This essay will show you how the Joads thoughts, dreams and outlooks on life changed even they gained no future or financial security. The dreams and nightmares all began when t ...
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  • Themes From "the Grapes Of Wrath" - 1,016 words
    Throughout history man has made many journeys, far and wide. Moses great march through the Red Sea and Columbus traversing the Atlantic are only but a few of mans great voyages. Even today, great journeys are being made. Terry Foxs run across Canada while having cancer shows one of such journeys. In every one of these instances people have had to rise above themselves and over come immense odds, similar to a salmon swimming up stream to fulfill its life line. Intense drive and extreme fortitude are qualities the Joads had to possess during their travels. In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck shows the Joads endurance by his use of extended metaphors in intercalary chapters. Steinbeck uses interc ...
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  • Money In "the Grapes Of Wrath" - 357 words
    John Steinbecks novel, The Grapes of Wrath, presents the struggles of one family during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Steinbeck had many ideas about how land was owned. His point of view seemed appropriately humanitarian. Land ownership was not properly distributed in the book. Money speaks much louder than the sweat and blood as it always has. Money talks as it says in this sentence, Cant think of that. Got to think of my own kids. Three dollars a day, and it comes everyday. Times are changing The tractor driver was willing to demolish his friends houses so he could be able to feed and support his family. That was going against all his morals and what he believed in. The tenants of the land ...
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  • Casy As A Christ Figure In The Grapes Of Wrath - 568 words
    In the novel, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck brings to the reader a variety of diverse and greatly significant characters. However, the majority of each characters individuality happens to lie within what they symbolize in the microcosm of the Joad family and their acquaintances, which itself stands for the entire migrant population of the Great Depression era. One such character is that of Jim Casey, a former preacher and long-time friend of the Joads. In this story, Casey represents a latter-day Christ figure who longs to bring religious stability to the burgeon of migrant families facing West. Steinbeck manages to give Jim Casey the exact initials as the historical savior (J.C.), whi ...
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  • American Life Explored In "the Grapes Of Wrath" - 1,652 words
    When first released in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath, written by novelist John Steinbeck, created quite a stir among Americans still coping with the depression. It tells the story of the Joad family from the time of their eviction on their farm in Oklahoma, to their first winter in California. The novel is basically divided into three sections: their time in Oklahoma, their journey to a "better" life in California, and their time while in California. It also contains "inter-chapters" that don't focus mostly on the Joads, and rather the situation at hand for all "Okies" on their way to California. The opening chapter describes the lives of farm owners dealing with the drought in Oklahoma along wi ...
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  • Analysis Of The Joad Family In "the Grapes Of Wrath" - 1,902 words
    John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath tells the specific story of the Joad family in order to show the hardship and oppression suffered by migrant laborers during the Great Depression. It is an excellent example of how the corporate and banking elites chastised farmers by shortsighted policies meant to maximize profit even while forcing farmers into destitution and even starvation. The novel begins with the description of the conditions in Dust Bowl Oklahoma that ruined the crops and instigated massive foreclosures on farmland. No specific characters emerge initially, I think when Steinbeck made this book he describes events in a larger social context with those more specific to the Joa ...
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  • Analysis Of "the Grapes Of Wrath" - 977 words
    In the novel The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, the life of a migrant family,who is forced off their land in Oklahoma and who is in search of employment in California, is portrayed. During the course of the novel, the Joads move from a concern for themselves and their own personal welfare to a concern for all the people of the world. This becomes one of the major themes in the novel. It is traceable through many of the characters such as Jim Casey, Tom Joad, Ma Joad, and Rosa of Sharon. It is also traceable through many different action taken by the Joad family on the whole. The character of Jim Casy plays a strong role in bringing forth the theme in discussion. Casey is a preacher like ...
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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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  • Beck - 1,259 words
    Well in this short report on John Steinbeck I am about to include all of the work that I have done in this class Including my full report on one of his books, a little background on Mr. Steinbeck and many other things, All out of the mind and the computer of Jeremy Slaven. An American author and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature, John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr., b. Salinas, Calif., Feb. 27, 1902, d. Dec. 20, 1968, based most of his novels on the American experience, often with sympathetic focus on the poor, the eccentric, or the dispossessed. Steinbeck grew up in Salinas Valley, a rich agricultural area of Monterey County and the setting of many of his works, where he learned firsthand ...
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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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  • Historical Intro Of The Challenge To Social Classes - 1,378 words
    The historical introduction of the Challenge to Social Classes A journey through the twentieth century in America via the trials and tribulations as offered by American novelists depicts a common social evolution. Struggle, discontent, and the inherent obstacles in life are not particularly unique to the characters of the American novelist, however the experiences and the perseverance of each have defined our country and our society in similar ways. Many novels of this period depict the hardships endured by immigrants to this country as well as those who may revert to an immigrant class at some point in life. Historically, social class was a birthright (or wrong). The content and discontent ...
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