The Grapes of Wrath

"The Grapes of Wrath" was written by John Steinbeck, and published in 1939. The story was based on a family of sharecroppers from Oklahoma during the Great Depression.

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What are common John Steinbeck themes?

lonlienes, symbolism, foreshadowing, friendship, are all examples

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What are some examples of a simile in The Grapes of Wrath?

Pg. 9 "as rhythmically, as thoughtfully, as a cow"

Pg. 68 "screwy as a gopher"

pg. 35 "great crawlers moving like insects"

pg. 214 "squirmed into the water like a muskrat"

pg. 346 "hills are round and soft as breasts"

Well there you go. Hope that helps.

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What is one reason Steinbeck uses parallelism in The Grapes of Wraths?

To devolp his tone

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Which topic is explored in the intercalary chapters of the grapes of wrath?

The effects of the rise of large corporations

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Which sentence best explains the significance of the novels title the grapes or wrath?

Steinbeck describes the migrants' anger "fermering".

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What is meant by wrath?

wrath - anger

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What is the summary of indigo by Louis fischer?

what is the summary of the chapter indigo by Louis fischer?

this story portraits Gandhi's struggle for the poor peasants of champaran. A sharecropper named rajkumar shukla compelled him to visit champaran because of the long term injustice of landlords.Then the two of them boarded a train for the city of patna in bihar. From there shukla led him to the house of a lawyer named rajendra prasad. Mahatma Gandhi's humble and simple attire made the servants mistook him as another poor peasant. He surveyed before taking any vital step in order to get those peasants justice. It was the time when british government punished those who in any condition gave shelter to national leaders or protesters. Gandhi's arrival and the nature of his mission spread like a wildfire. Many lawyers and peasant groups came in large numbers to support him. The lawyers accepted the fact that their charges were high and for a poor peasant it will be an irk. Gandhiji rebuked them for collecting big fee from the sharecroppers. He stressed on counseling as this would give the peasants enough confidence to fight their fear.

Most of arable land in the champaran district was divided into large estate owned by Englishmen and worked by Indian tenants. The chief commercial crop was indigo. The landlords compelled all tenants to plant 15% of their indigo and surrender the entire indigo harvest as rent. This was done by long term contract.The British didn't need the indigo crop any more when Germany had developed synthetic indigo. Just to release the peasants from the 15% agreement they demanded compensation. some illiterate peasants agreed but the others refused.

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What are some examples of personification in chapter 5 of The Grapes of Wrath?

Near the beginning of chapter five, the owner men says to tenants, "you know what cotton does to the land; robs it, sucks all the blood out of it." This is personification, where something non-living is given traits of living things, because the cotton obviously does not litterally rob or suck.

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What is the theme of the Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck?

1. The Inequality of Gender

"The Chrysanthemums" is an understated but pointed critique of a society that has no place for intelligent women. Elisa is smart, energetic, attractive, and ambitious, but all these attributes go to waste. Although the two key men in the story are less interesting and talented than she, their lives are far more fulfilling and busy. Henry is not as intelligent as Elisa, but it is he who runs the ranch, supports himself and his wife, and makes business deals. All Elisa can do is watch him from afar as he performs his job. Whatever information she gets about the management of the ranch comes indirectly from Henry, who speaks only in vague, condescending terms instead of treating his wife as an equal partner. The tinker seems cleverer than Henry but doesn't have Elisa's spirit, passion, or thirst for adventure. According to Elisa, he may not even match her skill as a tinker. Nevertheless, it is he who gets to ride about the country, living an adventurous life that he believes is unfit for women. Steinbeck uses Henry and the tinker as stand-ins for the paternalism of patriarchal societies in general: just as they ignore women's potential, so too does society.

2. The Importance of Sexual Fulfillment

Steinbeck argues that the need for sexual fulfillment is incredibly powerful and that the pursuit of it can cause people to act in irrational ways. Elisa and Henry have a functional but passionless marriage and seem to treat each other more as siblings or friends than spouses. Elisa is a robust woman associated with fertility and sexuality but has no children, hinting at the nonsexual nature of her relationship with Henry. Despite the fact that her marriage doesn't meet her needs, Elisa remains a sexual person, a quality that Steinbeck portrays as normal and desirable. As a result of her frustrated desires, Elisa's attraction to the tinker is frighteningly powerful and uncontrollable. When she speaks to him about looking at the stars at night, for example, her language is forward, nearly pornographic. She kneels before him in a posture of sexual submission, reaching out toward him and looking, as the narrator puts it, "like a fawning dog." In essence, she puts herself at the mercy of a complete stranger. The aftermath of Elisa's powerful attraction is perhaps even more damaging than the attraction itself. Her sexuality, forced to lie dormant for so long, overwhelms her and crushes her spirit after springing to life so suddenly.

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What happens to Rose of Sharon's baby in The Grapes of Wrath?

it is stillborn

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What do the women wonder about the men in chapter 1 of The Grapes of Wrath?

The women wonder if the drought and the subsequent dying of the crops will break their husbands and place the family in poverty.

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What are some quotes andd the page numbers from The Grapes of Wrath?

Pg 37 "That's right," the tenant said. "But for your three dollars a day fifteen or twenty families can't eat at all. Nearly a hundred people have to go out and wander on the roads for your three dollars a day. Is that right?"

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In the novel The Grapes of Wrath what is a big cat?

A caterpillar tractor. The main characters, the Joads, and their neighbors are sharecroppers who have been farming the same plots of land in Oklahoma for over seventy years. Each family has a forty acre plot which they farm by hand with a mule or horse drawn plow. under the pressures of the Great Dpression the company which owns the land is forcing the tenants off of it and switching to modernised farming methods using tractors. One hired hand with a tractor can farm far more land than a family with a mule at far less cost. The men with the tractors, the cats, are plowing the fields and nocking down the sharecroppers' houses to force them off the land.

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What storied highway does the Joad family take to California in The Grapes of Wrath?

The historic Route 66. "From Chicago to L.A."

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How many pages are in the book The Grapes of Wrath?

There are 619 pages in The Grapes of Wrath.

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What period in history is based in The Grapes of Wrath?

The Depression the 1930's

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What state is The Grapes of Wrath set in?

The beginning of the novel takes place in Oklahoma, where the Joad family starts their journey. They travel to California, with events happening at points along the way.

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How many times is wrath mentioned in the Bible?

Approximately 199 times

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Why does Casy get arrested in toms place in The Grapes of Wrath?

Casey feels he owes it to the Joads and he has no family and has nothing to lose

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What is the meaning of Grapes of Wrath?

In Steinbeck's book the Grapes of Wrath the title can be interpreted in many ways. I believe that Steinbeck is using the grapes a symbol of plenty and renewal. If your read the end of chapter 25 the quote "In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage" means that the migrant people are feeling a growing hatred for the low standard way of living in California. The idea of the people longing for vintage means that they are longing for jobs, a life, and the feeling of being treated like humans.

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What is The Grapes of Wrath about?

A family, the Joads, who's farm failed. They book is split into 3rds, prejourney, journey, and postjourney. Their ultimate destination is California for a new job.

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Author of The Grapes of Wrath?

John Steinbeck, American (1902-1968)

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In Grapes of Wrath Why is the one-eyed man in the junkyard sad?

He is sad because he is ugly. His boss mocks him because of this and instead of doing something about it he wallows in self pity.

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What is Grapes of Wrath copyright year?

1939

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Pulitzer Prize Winners
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When did John Steinbeck receive the Pulitzer Prize and for what title?

John Steinbeck won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Grapes of Wrath, in 1940.

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