Book Report : ' The Grapes Of Wrath '

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Aubrey Hepstall Ms. Franklin English 9 Pre-AP 12 February 2016 Novel Synopsis Assignment Title of Novel: The Grapes of Wrath Author: John Steinbeck Year Written: 1939 Author’s Nationality: Salinas California, United States Type of Novel: Historical Fiction and Realistic Fiction Setting of Novel: The Grapes of Wrath takes place in the 1930s Dust Bowl period. It is set in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, along Route 66, Bakersfield, and Weedpatch migrant camp. Protagonist: Tom Joad Antagonist: The banks are the antagonist. When poor farmers failed to repay the banks, they were thrown out of their houses. This is why the Joads were forced to go to California. They were forced out of their home so they moved to achieve a better life. Brief Plot Summary: In the 1930s Oklahoma, Tom Joad hitchhikes home. He was paroled after 4 years of jail. Along the road, he runs into a man named Jim Casy. He was a preacher that Tom knew when he was a child. Jim explains that he is not a preacher anymore because he is said to have lost his calling. Tom invites Casy to walk home with him. When they arrive at the Joad’s old farm, Tom and Casy find it empty. Muley Graves, one of Tom’s old neighbors, comes up to tom and says that his family has been forced off their land by the bank. They temporarily moved in with Uncle John and they are now getting ready to leave for California in search for work. Everyone except Grandpa is excited to go. They pack the truck, but Grandpa decides that he wanted to stay. They

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