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