The Grapes Of Wrath Summer Reading Assignment

1894 Words Aug 18th, 2015 8 Pages
Sarah Currinder
Honors US Studies
Ms. Moore
The Grapes of Wrath Summer Reading Assignment

1. The geographical setting of The Grapes of Wrath begins in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The setting changes throughout the novel including Oklahoma, Route 66, Bakersfield, Hooverville, Weedpatch and Tulare. The setting changes because the migrant farmers are always on the move and looking for work. The time period of The Grapes of Wrath is set in the midst of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. The farmers experience drought, causing their crops to be ruined. In June, rain clouds appear, but the clouds disappear, leaving strong winds that lead to blankets of dust covering the ground. “It settled on the corn, piled up on the tops of the fence posts, piled up on the wires; it settled on roofs, blanketed the weeds and trees” (Steinbeck 3.) The dust is a major problem for everyone and creates difficult living conditions.
One main road is Route 66. “66 is the mother road, the road of flight” (Steinbeck 118). Route 66 is the main road used by families heading to California and it extends from Mississippi to Bakersfield. The Joads stay at many camps throughout their journey to California. Hooverville is a large, cramped and dirty camp that is full of migrant workers and is where the Joads stay. Weedpatch is a government camp with nice bathrooms and hot showers. “You mean to say the fellas that runs the camp is jus’ fellas-campin’ here?” (Steinbeck 287). “No cops. We got our own cops. Folks here…
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