The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Essay

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The Grapes of Wrath was written by John
Steinbeck, in 1929. Steinbeck was born on
February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California.
Steinbeck did not like to narrate any of his
novels in which he had no background
information in. That is why he would often
live the life of his characters before he
wrote his novels or short stories. So in
preparation for The Grapes of Wrath he went
to Oklahoma, joined some migrants and rode
with them to California.

The Grapes of Wrath starts with Tom Joad, the
main character, hitchhiking a ride home after
being paroled from the state prison. The
reason he was in jail is because four years
ago he got into a bar fight and killed a man
out of self defense. That is why he only got
a seven-year sentence. He gets a
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Ma tells Grama that the family
won’t survive if they have to stop in the
desert, and that they have to make it across.
Then Grama dies. When they get to a guard
station, Grama is already dead, but Ma tells
the guards that Grama needs to get to a
doctor quickly, and the guards let them go.
Once across the desert Ma tells everyone that
Grama died, and they leave her to be buried,
because they have no money.

Then the family gets to a camp for migrants.
All the men here are unable to find work.
Then a contractor comes into the camp and is
looking for workers. One of Tom’s friends
asks what the man is paying, and gets accused
of being a "red." Then the man is arrested,
and a fight starts. The sheriff tells
everyone that the camp will be burned. So the
Joads leave, with the exception of Casy who
got mixed up in the run-in with the sheriff,
and they find another government camp that is
clean, fair, and protected from the police.
Here Rose of Sharon’s husband deserts her and
the family. Although Rose of Sharon, who is
Tom’s sister, is pregnant. Then when the
family is out of money, they leave in search
of work. They hear of work in a peach
orchard, and head out for that. When they get
there, they are escorted into the orchard by
police. Outside the front of the orchard
there are many men yelling and screaming to
the workers. Once inside they begin picking
immediately so that they can have enough pay
for dinner that night. After dinner, Tom sets
out to…