Humanity, Inhumanity, and Dehumanization Themes and Colors LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Grapes of Wrath, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Rather, the Joads and the Okie community receive the cruelest treatment from those most capable of helping them: Throughout the book, establishments and technological advances are shown to corrupt the humans behind them.
The Grapes of Wrath is set during the Depression-Era in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl; a name given to the area after long periods of high winds and drought consumed most of the Midwest — including the state of Oklahoma.
Tom, despite multiple acts of violence and a life as a fugitive, is regarded as the hero of the novel. The most noteworthy image in the novel is when Rose of Sharon Joad, who, having recently birthed a stillborn baby, breastfeeds a sickly gentleman on a dirty barn floor.
The Grapes of Wrath is considered a must read. Summary In the throes of the Great Depression, Tom Joad hitchhikes through Oklahoma after having recently been paroled from the local penitentiary. During his travels he meets Jim Casy. Tom remembers the man from his childhood, he was a preacher.
However, as Jim explains to Tom, that while he is still a God-fearing man, he no longer feels a divine calling and has renounced priesthood. Tom offers for Jim to join him on his journey home. As the men arrive at the Joad farm, they are shocked to find it abandoned. A neighbour, Muley Graves, approaches the men and proclaims to Tom that the bank had been there earlier and had escorted the family off of the land.
They had been staying with a relative and had plans to make the voyage to California in search of employment. Tom arrives at the home of his Uncle and finds his family preparing to set off. Jim asks if it might be appropriate for him to join the Joad family on their trek, and they agree without hesitation.
As soon as they have sold the last of their belongings and are ready to go — all except for a reluctant Grandpa who would much rather stay on his land than embark on a long journey West.
Knowing that they are unable to leave their aging patriarch behind, the family drugs the old man and loads him into the truck. As the families arrive in New Mexico, the car being driven by the Wilson family breaks down once more, forcing the group to stop.
She insists that the family must stay together.
When they finally reach the California borderline, Sairy Wilson falls desperately ill and is unable to go any further. With the health of Grandma becoming increasingly concerning, Ma questions whether or not she will be able to withstand the trip across the desert.
Yet, being unable to stop, Ma chooses to stay in the back of the truck with Grandma and consoles her as she silently passes away.
As dawn arrives, the Joad family has reached the end of the desert and entered Bakersfield valley. The family settles down for the night at the first camp they come upon, a shanty of tents and shelters and the men strike up a conversation with Floyd Knowles.The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in The book won the National Book Award  and Pulitzer Prize  for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in quotes from The Grapes of Wrath.
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The plows crossed and recrossed the rivulet marks. The last rains lifted the corn quickly and scattered weed colonies and. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes The Grapes of Wrath Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays.
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John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad and his family are forced from their farm in the Depression-era Oklahoma Dust Bowl and set out for California along with thousands of others in search of jobs, land, and hope for a brighter future.