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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

  

by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The Road

Almost As Bleak As Cormac McCarthy's The Road... but not quite as apocalyptic. In The Grapes of Wrath the road wears more (symbolic) hats than a pick-up artist. From the minute we watch Tom Joad re...

Bugs

A Bug's LifeThere are more insects and insect-y images in this novel than you could shake a flyswatter at. When Tom Joad hitches a ride with a truck driver, a grasshopper finds its way into the tru...

Music

Please Do Stop The MusicIn the days before playlists, you got music where you could: from a banjo, a harmonica, a washboard... or even a car. For the Joads, this weird car-music was the most import...

The Turtle, the Joad Dog, and Other Furry Friends

Roadkill CafeWhy did the turtle cross the road? To get to the other side... and because he had no idea what kinds of sociopaths were behind the wheel.Remember our friend the turtle? Who kept trying...

Yellows, Grays, and Reds

More Washed Out Than A "Toaster" FilterOur narrator often describes the gold and yellow color of the Oklahoma landscape. He says, "The yellowing, dusty, afternoon light put a golden color on the la...

Farming

Little Farm On The PrairieFarming is pretty miraculous when you stop and think about it (besides thinking "Yum, corn!" or "The potato is probably the saddest-looking vegetable").It's all about life...

The Bank Monster

Bank Monsters Inc.You do not want these things hiding out under your bed. Or in your closet. Or anywhere near your farm.When landowners kick tenant farmers off of the land, they tell them that the...

Blood

There Will Be BloodThe Grapes of Wrath is full of the red stuff. Consider the slaughtering of the pigs, the way Tom cuts his hand fixing the touring car (and then uses his urine to make it stop ble...

The West

Go West, Young ManThe idea of going west has been a central part of the American consciousness for a loooong time. Remember Louis and Clark? Remember the Gold Rush? People have been heading west fo...

The Sun

Here Comes The SunThe sun is an omnipresent force in the Joads' life, and one that they can't escape. And they want to—this is no beach vacation.Many Joads have to sit on top of the family truck...

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