Grapes of Wrath Essay

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Briseida Miranda
Period 3

The Grapes of Wrath Study Questions

1. The importance of the land to the people

a) Why are the Joads and thousands like them thrown off the land? Due to increased demands during the time, the Joads and thousands like them had spent a great sum of money purchasing farming equipment. However as these demands decreased, farmers were left in major debt. Since the farmers were not able to pay off the debt, they were “thrown off” their land. As clearly summarized in the book, any man can “hold the land if he can just eat and pay taxes; he can do that. Yes, he can do that until his crops fail one day and he has to borrow money from the bank,” but due to the Dust Bowl their entire life
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As the story begins, Steinbeck describes the land being very dull and dead when he states that “The wind grew strong and hard and it worked at the rain crust in the corn fields. Little by little the sky was darkened by the mixing dust, and the wind felt over the earth, loosened the dust, and carried away” (2). This description gives insight on how harsh the land is to live on, but most importantly it foreshadows what the Joads and several other families will have to face on their journey over to California. Overall it helps establish the mood of how the farmers and families are growing impatient and accep the fact that they must migrate.

h) What characters have a hard time leaving? Why? Two characters that have the hardest time leaving would have to be Pa and Grampa since they have been there for the longest time and fought through so many obstacles to stay on their precious land. “Grampa killed Indians, Pa killed snakes for the land…Maybe we got to fight to keep our land, like Pa and Grampa did.” (34). Grampa and Pa, love their land so much that they are willing to kill whatever to stay on what they have worked on for years.

1. The Strength of the women a) How does the reaction of the men to their misfortune differ from that of the women? Following the misfortune one could see in the men that “the smolder of pain was in their eyes,” while in the women nothing was
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