Grapes of Wrath Essay

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Grapes of Wrath

1. The protagonist of this story is Tom Joad. Tom must overcome several conflicts when he is paroled from jail and let out into an economically depressed country. Tom's physical conflict throughout the novel is the task of surviving the horrible starving conditions of America's Great Depression. He also has physical conflicts with people who only wish to destroy the hopes of migrant workers such as the police and strikebreakers. Tom's emotional conflict deals with his inability to get good work and take care of his family. Tom had feelings of worthlessness until he decided to run away and attempt to organize the migrant workers against the wealthy California landowners with inspiration from his close friend Jim
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3. There is one major instance of coincidence in the novel that changes Tom Joad's life and it resolves Tom's position in the story. Tom runs into Jim Casey after Casey is out of prison. Tom finds that Casey believes he can help the migrant workers have a stronger voice by organizing everyone. Unfortunately Jim is killed by the police. However, because of Tom's encounter with Jim he decides to take on Jim's work himself. This event is very improbable considering the number of migrant workers in California.
4. In Grapes, suspense is added throughout the novel as the Joad family loses its members and they encounter hardships in their search of work. My interest was not piqued beyond the point of "what happens next" in this novel. The plot and the whole story is basically all linear and easy for the reader to follow. There are no examples of mystery but there are several instances of dilemma. The entire journey of the Joad family is based on the harsh reality of the dust bowl during the Great Depression. This dilemma causes them to leave their home and pack their bags for California. Along the way the family endures the loss of several members. The most notable instance of dilemma occurs when Tom Joad meets with Jim Casey and finds that Jim is attempting to organize migrant workers against the greedy landowners. When the police show up Jim Casey is killed and Tom, in a fit of rage, murders a police officer. This event sends Tom into

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