The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath as a social commentary, looking to make reformations for the migrant workers that suffered throughout the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. His novel was criticized for its portrayal of both migrant families and Californian farmers, but the condemnation and denunciation of it was excused as his goal was attained; Eleanor Roosevelt made strides toward the first reforms. The Grapes of Wrath might not have made such an impact on American society if it had not been delivered as it was. Steinbeck utilizes the interchapters as a tool of perspective which allows the reader to have both a personal connection with the Joads while also understanding the plight of migrant workers as a whole through alternating narration. Interchapters one and twenty-nine serve to enforce the purpose of societal awareness and lend an omniscient, all knowing voice to the readers, which enables them to sympathize and understand the struggles that migrant workers were plagued with through structure, foreshadowing, and personification. The structure of this novel is unique to Steinbeck; every other chapter shifts narration, with short vignettes narrated by an all knowing, omniscient figure, followed by a third person figure recounting the perplexities of the Joads. This style of writing is made visible within the first four pages of the novel, where Steinbeck’s paragraphs mimic the structure of the entire work, surging in and out of detail. “ The dawn came, but…
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