Analysis Of The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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During the Great Depression, many citizens faced an arduous lifestyle of unemployment. However, many people managed to entertain themselves by reading literature such as The Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck witnessed an injustice towards farmers during the Great Depression, and this inspired Steinbeck to present his perspective of the maltreatment to the open through The Grapes of Wrath. The fictional novel describes how unfortunate conditions, during the Great Depression, force an Oklahoma farmer family to travel to California in search for an easy life, job opportunities, and a bright future. John Steinbeck represented and connected his tones through his trope, making it an excellent read. In the novel, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck…show more content…
Thus, the imagery from the barn incident contains a hopeful tone. In addition, John Steinbeck displays a hopeful tone in his novel. For instance, a chapter exists where it solely talks about a turtle attempting to walk across the road. However, the turtle is slow, so the turtle faces and accepts the life-threatening obstacles the journey provides. Eventually, the turtle intentionally gets hit by a light truck to knocked towards the side of the highway. The turtle continues to crawl away from the road after encountering the truck; “As the turtle crawled on down the embankment, its shell dragged dirt over the seeds. The turtle entered a dust road and jerked itself along, drawing a wavy shallow trench in the dust with its shell” (Steinbeck 16). The turtle crossing the road symbolizes the arduous journey that the Joads will take to California. The turtle originally wanted to cross the highway to get to the other side. However, after the truck hits the turtle, the turtle does not proceed towards the highway, so the turtle successfully crossed the road. The successful turtle crossing symbolizes how the Joads will successfully finish their journey despite facing life-threatening obstacles like the turtle did. The tone shifts from a negative tone to a hopeful tone as we realize that the Joads could potentially have financial success when they arrive to California. Therefore, a hopeful tone becomes evident through the symbolism of the turtle
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