The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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Expectations The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, is a story of the Joad family, as they move out west from the Dust Bowl. Tom Joad has recently been let out of prison for a drunken stabbing and sees his family for the first time in years. As the family moves out west, they find the challenges and hardships to be worse as they had first expected. The book shines a light on expectations, and how people set stereotypes based on false assumptions. As humans, people have their own ideas about how minorities should act, behave, and live their lives. We make assumptions and cage people into a stereotype. Throughout the story, every character is unknowingly assigned a stereotype they are meant to hold onto. Wandering out of that boundary is shocking, and even deadly. Steinbeck uses intercalary chapters to further emphasize the theme. An intercalary chapter is inserted into writing between chapters to shine a light on the theme, that relates to the original story. As Steinbeck 's story of the Joad family progresses, the chapters bring forth the assumptions often made about people are sometimes, but very often not true. In The Grapes of Wrath, the intercalary chapters bring forth the set of assumptions and mistakes that are made by the characters. The different stereotypes that are assumed and expectations set for one another, and to see the truth when blinded by expected scenarios are common throughout the story, and are woven into the intercalary chapters to expose…
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