Grapes of Wrath Essay

1161 Words Jun 27th, 2011 5 Pages
Throughout John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath, many concepts appear that were noted in How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. However, the three chapters of Foster’s how-to guide that most apply to Steinbeck’s novel were “It’s All About Sex…,” “Every Trip is a Quest (Except When It’s Not),” and “It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow.” On more than one occasion these concepts are hidden within the book, and two of them actually seem somewhat linked together. After reading between the lines, The Grapes of Wrath has an extremely intricate plot and many ulterior meanings. Foster’s book helps to solve these meanings and make it so that the novel can be completely understood. According to How to Read Literature Like a …show more content…
The Grapes of Wrath’s character Rosasharn Joad always appears to be self-involved and naïve. She only worries about herself throughout the entire book and always puts the others at some kind of inconvenience. Her quest differs from the others due to the fact that she learns a different piece of self-knowledge and discovers it in a different way. She has the same initial quest, but the outcome varies. The other members of her family already have the quality of selflessness. She finds this piece of much-needed knowledge after she miscarries her much wanted baby. However, without the inclusion of rain, this realization would never have taken place. Weather is a large part of many books, because every form of it has a different meaning. The only example of weather seen in The Grapes of Wrath is seen at the end when Rosasharn had just miscarries her baby and was sitting in the barn after three days of continuous downpour. In How to Read Like a Professor, rain is generally seen as a means of purification or a new beginning. The rain in Steinbeck’s novel causes great grief to the travelers. One man catches pneumonia from the vicious weather and his son brings him to the Joad family in search of help. Ma Joad’s “eyes passed Rose of Sharon’s eyes, and then came back to them. And the two women looked deep into each other.” Rosasharn understands that she needs to nurse this man id he is to live. Up until now, she had never done anything that

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