The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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Kirsten Lloyd
Mr. Eldridge
AP Junior English
21 August 2014

Grapes of Wrath
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” (Seneca), In the 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, the reader accompanies the Joad family as they struggle to escape the crippling Dust Bowl of the mid- 1930’s. In hopes of establishing a new life for themselves after being forced off their land the family embark on a journey from Oklahoma to California in search of fruitful crops and steady work along with thousands of other families facing the same circumstances. After their migration to a better life, the Joad family’s faith is constantly tested but their refusal to be broken by the overwhelmingly horrible circumstances gives them the strength to persevere on. Steinbeck was able to exhibit meaning through the structure of his writing by using biblical references to highlight important concepts, poetic and rhetorical devices and repetition while also supporting the over all theme that genetics don’t determine a family, it’s the loyalty and commitment to one another that establishes the saving power of family and fellowship.
Throughout the novel Steinbeck constantly enforces evidence of biblical correlations adding even more meaning to the entirety of the events and characters that are described in the novel. The similarities between Jesus Christ and Jim Casey are highlighted numerous times throughout the book allowing the readers to develop a much deeper meaning and analysis of
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