Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck Essay

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Grapes of Wrath is a novel written by John Steinbeck, which focuses on an Oklahoman family that is evicted from their farm during an era of depression caused by the Dust Bowl. The Joad family alongside thousands of other refugees (also affected by the dirty thirties) migrates west towards California seeking employment and a new home. John Steinbeck’s purpose of writing this novel was to inform his audience of how many of their fellow Americans were being mistreated and of the tribulations they faced in order to attain regain what they once had. As a result, Grapes of Wrath triggered its audience’s sympathy for the plight of the Dust Bowl farmers and their families.
“The clouds appeared, and went away, and in a while they did not try any more, The weeds grew darker green to protect themselves, and they did not spread any more, The surface of the earth crusted, a thin hard crust, and as the sky became pale, so the earth pale…”(Steinbeck, 1) In the opening sentences of the novel Steinbeck sets the scene by depicting the changing environment. Through his use of imagery, phrases like “did not try anymore” and words like hard, crust, and pale paints a picture of an open dry unpromising field filled with dying crops. This mental image created by Steinbeck’s words evokes unpleasant emotion: before the audience is even introduced to the main characters John Steinbeck has already made his audience empathize with the character’s situation. “Men stood by their fences and looked at the…

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