Plot[ edit ] The narrative begins just after Tom Joad is paroled from McAlester prisonwhere he had been imprisoned after being convicted of homicide.
However, its seemingly historical theme is mainly designed to promote socialistic theories. When Steinbeck left Stanford College in to become a writer, he came into association with Leftist and Socialistic advocates.
He also spent time with the radical writer Lincoln Steffens and his wife Ella Winter. It was through Steffens that Steinbeck was introduced to George West, a San Francisco News editor who commissioned Steinbeck to write a series of newspaper articles about the living conditions of California migrant workers.
In then introduces Tom Joad, the main character. In the story, Tom has recently been paroled from prison, where he had been serving a term for murder.
On the return trip he is joined by retired preacher Jim Casy. When the two get to the Joad family home, however, they find that the house is abandoned and in a state of collapse. Tom, Jim Casy, and the rest of the Joad family migrate to California, where they hope to find employment and advance their lives.
The advertisements about ample work for all are really just ploys by the land owners to get cheap labor by attracting more workers than there are jobs. Even Jim Casy is arrested by the police and so separated from the family. The remaining members of the Joad family stay for a while at a government camp, but there is no work available in the area, so they are forced to leave the camp and move to another area.
When they finally find work picking fruit, however, they discover that they are actually involved in breaking a strike that was organized by Jim Casy. The family is forced to escape, hiding their fugitive son from the authorities.
Finally, the story ends with Rosasharn breastfeeding a starving man so emaciated that milk is all he can digest.
The main storyline is continually interspersed with short sketches and narratives, or explanatory discussions that show what conditions of the era were like and what people were doing.
Some of these interludes are used to create a general mood or to foreshadow events later in the story. One example of such a narrative sketch can be noted in chapter three, which is almost entirely devoted to the story of a land turtle crossing the highway.
The turtle struggles up the embankments and barely avoids death when a truck hits its and sends it flying off the highway. Still alive, though, is struggles on. In the next chapter, Tom Joad sees the same turtle and picks it up, hoping to take it home to his little brother as a pet.
When he meets Jim Casy and the two start talking, the turtle almost escapes several times, but Tom catches it each time.
For a final trial for the poor turtle, it is attacked by one the abandoned cats. The turtle just goes inside its shell, though, and waits for the danger to pass before setting off on its way.
The case of the turtle threads through chapters three through six, tying them together and making the reader sympathize with the plight of the persistent creature. Like the persistent turtle, the Joad family will not give up.The Grapes of Wrath - Kindle edition by John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott.
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I read The Grapes of Wrath in that fierce span of adolescence when reading was a frenzy. I was all but drowned in the pity and anger John Steinbeck evoked for these people, fleeing Oklahoma to.
Here are four samples, still relevant, from the review of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath: (1) On the Promise of Steinbeck’s California “Meanwhile, the sharecroppers have to leave the Dust Bowl.
Note from Kirkus' Vintage Review Editor: John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath stands as a reminder of the harshness of drought, socioeconomic disparity and that life is not always easier on the other side.
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