The Grapes Of Wrath, An Important Commentary On Humanity And Society

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The Grapes of Wrath is a novel published in 1939 and written by John Steinbeck, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath at his home, 16250 Greenwood Lane, in what is now Monte Sereno, California. Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on a poor family of sharecroppers, the Joads, driven from their home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in the agriculture industry. In a nearly hopeless situation, they set out for California's Central Valley along with thousands of other "Okies" in search of land, jobs, and dignity. Although this might seem as a great book, the grapes of wrath has been banned, burned and challenged since it became published in 1939 for reasons such as "sexual references", and "vulgar language." My first point will be about how John Steinbeck uses powerful images to target the reader, and invoke true emotions upon reading the book. My second point is why John Steinbeck uses a very effective technique by inserting interchapters to create a mood of chaos and confusion. My third point is how John Steinbeck causes struggle and suspense in parts of the book.

The Grapes of Wrath is an important commentary on humanity and society, and is intended to evoke intense feelings o the readers. John Steinbeck, the author, attempts to illustrate many true emotions about the book and the history and reality that it was based on. Steinbeck uses images that are very effective and have a large impact on how the reader perceives the characters. Some of the images show the strugles that the Joad family survived through, and others show strength, hope, and endurance. Some of the most effective images are the ones that include devastation,sadness, and failure, which cause the connection between the tormented land and unforgiving and the persecution and aguish which the Joads must face constantly throughout their lives and the many obstacles infront of them that they must face over time.

John Steinbeck's, The Grapes of Wrath, is a narrative novel about the travel of the Joad family from Oklahoma to California. However, between many of the narrative chapters, Steinbeck inserts interchapters, which causes interruptions, with the flow of the narration to provide the commentary of the author's. This technique that the author uses is very effective because the interchapters start to create an image of the economic and social history that impact the story. The interchapters provide a broad picture of what is happening to the mass of migrants traveling to California on Route 66. Without the interchapters, the reader might only be given a limited view of how life was for the migrants, and Stienbeck would not have been able to provide any effective commentary. Steinbeck uses a couple of the interchapters to set the mood and tone of the novel and to depict the life of the migrants that had to travel down Route 66 in the 1930's. For example, in chapter seven Steinbeck...

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