The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck Essay

1130 Words Nov 24th, 2014 5 Pages
"We ain’t gonna die out. People is goin’ on- changing a little, maybe, but goin’ right on” (557). This quote from John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath, portrays the strength of migrants in the 1930s as they combated different struggles. Through The Grapes of Wrath, the Pearl, and Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck illustrates how the human spirit perseveres through the worst of situations, such as disasters, economic hardships, persecution, and death.
Using his novels, Steinbeck shows how people overcome disasters they encounter. In the beginning of his novel, The Pearl, baby Coyotito is stung by a scorpion and in need of medical attention. Juana and Kino, Coyotito’s parents, rely on each other and the bond of family as they attempt to avert their child’s death. Juana’s strength and the importance of family are illustrated when Kino “saw her determination and the music of family sounded in his head with a steely tone” (7). Throughout their struggle to treat Coyotito, Juana and Kino support each other and work together to find solutions to the scorpion sting. In addition to this minor disaster, Steinbeck makes references to major natural disasters in his works. For example, in both his novels, The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck references the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Both events impact the characters in these novels and they have to overcome the difficulties these disasters present. In The Grapes of Wrath, numerous farms are destroyed during the Dust…

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