Theme Of The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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The Grapes of Wrath Analysis The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, is a novel which demonstrates the lives of families during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and the struggles they faced on their route to California. Throughout the novel, Steinbeck applies his writing style in order to convey the theme and general plot of the novel. To begin, Steinbeck incorporated an informal use of language in this novel. This can be seen through the colloquialism and slang used in the dialogue among characters. Because of this, some portion of the words utilized might be unfamiliar to the reader. This makes words such as ‘cat’, ‘stinko’, and ‘hoyden’ appropriate for the novel due to the plot taking place in the western United…show more content…
Casey is a idiosyncratic character due to his philosophy on the human race. As Casey states,”Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.” This belief that all men are a part of one large soul contradicts the theme of man’s inhumanity to man and is one of the many ironic happenings in the novel since, in reality, it seems as though it’s every man for himself. Casey is a principal character also because of how greatly his death influenced Tom Joad. After Casey died, Tom wants to make a change in the lives of others rather than just his own. One could consider Jim Casey as a character who changed Tom Joad’s character. The characters who are superfluous to the plot are the Wilsons. The Wilsons did not impact the plot greatly. If Steinbeck were to remove this couple, the only component that might be different within the plot would be the Joads having a bit more money and food. As an example of good writing, the passage about the turtle is especially effective. This passage, which can be found in chapter 3 of the novel, describes the journey of a turtle trying to cross a highway road and was purposely almost run over by one man. This passage is effective particularly because of its use of literary devices. Steinbeck represents symbolism and foreshadowing simultaneously through the turtle and his journey. The turtle symbolizes the families who are traveling to California and the turtle’s struggle to cross the
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