Analysis Of The Book ' Grapes Of Wrath '

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Tyler Jordan
Ms. Mittleman Honors American Lit. September 14, 2014
“Humanity’s Wrathful Curtain”
In his historical fiction, Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck characterizes the Joad family as one of the many migrating farming families subjected to prejudice and seclusion on their journey to California. Similarly, in T.C. Boyle’s Tortilla Curtain, Cándido and América are victims of animosity and discrimination after fleeing their homes in Mexico to seek a better life in Los Angeles. In their stories, both Boyle and Steinbeck exhibit how migration can often bring new people into a different society, which can create fear and social stigma with that community. In their novels, the authors use the description of animals in nature to symbolize migrants, whom like animals, have difficulty assimilating into unknown territories, and could be treated as inferior. John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and T.C. Boyle’s Tortilla Curtain both illustrate barriers between mankind and nature as a vehicle to expose how humans also create barriers between each other
In Tortilla Curtain, T.C. Boyle utilizes his description of the coyote in order to draw its comparison to the Mexican immigrants. The coyote makes its first appearance in the novel when Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher look into their backyard and realize one has jumped over the fence and snatched their beloved dog, Sacheverell. Distraught and infuriated, the Mossbachers decide to build a higher fence in their backyard to keep the coyotes…
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