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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

  

by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath Themes

The Grapes of Wrath Themes

Transience

(Click the themes infographic to download.) At the heart of The Grapes of Wrath is change, and we watch families cope as they are forced to change their lives, their homes, and their dreams. Chang...

Family

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Family is a means of survival in The Grapes of Wrath. Without each other, the Joads would have no way of coping with the loss of their land or of getting...

Lies and Deceit

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Central to The Grapes of Wrath is a single lie: thousands of families move west to California because they believe it to be the land of plenty, a place f...

Betrayal

(Click the themes infographic to download.)In the face of loss and poverty, the Joads band together to survive and make do. Thousands of other similarly heartbroken families in The Grapes of Wrath...

Religion

(Click the themes infographic to download.)When forced to give up so much, the Joads question their faith in a higher power. Reverend Jim Casy, an honorary member of the Joad family, is a quiet man...

Gender

(Click the themes infographic to download.)The narrator of The Grapes of Wrath paints vivid and general portraits of life in Dust Bowl America, and clearly delineates the roles of men and women. Th...

Criminality

(Click the themes infographic to download.)By virtue of the fact that Tom Joad is on parole and cannot leave the state of Oklahoma, the Joads are constantly aware of the law and of trying to adhere...

Wealth

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Great poverty is juxtaposed with a great appetite for wealth in The Grapes of Wrath. We watch as desperate economic times make some people, like the ban...

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