Intercalary Chapters In The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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Steinbeck decided to write his novel The Grapes of Wrath by using intercalary chapters. This method of writing was a good idea on Steinbeck’s part for both the reader and the novel itself. The ways in which this was successful is that it slows down the story, gives readers the chance to make connections, gives readers a better visual for the following chapter and depicts the most important parts. Although, intercalary chapters can also have a downfall to the book. One of them is that it does not progress the story of the Joad’s and instead interrupts their journey with the unnecessary historical and social backgrounds. In his own words, Steinbeck says he used this style of writing to really get the reader to understand what the Joad’s family went through, along with every other family who had to survive through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Inserting the fact-based chapters in between the story of the Joad’s will give readers a more emotional perspective of this American history because it slows down the reading of the novel. Slowing it down will allow for readers to dig more into it and will feel the connection to our history. “...that they were pace changers and they were that too but the basic purpose was to hit the reader below the belt” (Steinbeck). This is what Steinbeck deliberately was going for and he has brilliantly succeeded this style. When reading between the intercalary chapters and the precedence of the next chapter, I was very visibly able to see what was going
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