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The Grapes of Wrath, the best-known novel by John Steinbeckpublished in It evokes the harshness of the Great Depression and arouses sympathy for the struggles of migrant farmworkers.
The book came to be regarded as an American classic. Tom learns that his family has been evicted from the farm and has moved in with Uncle John.
The Joads and Casy head out along Route 66joining an exodus of poor tenant farmers heading west. They encounter many obstacles on the journey, as well as warnings that the jobs they expect in California are illusory.
Upon arrival in California, they find that their trials are far from over.
They stop in a migrant encampment, where they speak with a man named Floyd Knowles, who informs them that jobs are scarce, available pay is poor, and families are literally starving to death in the makeshift migrant camps. When a man arrives seeking workers to pick fruit, Floyd asks for the proposed wages in writing.
A policeman accuses him of communism and tries to arrest him.
A fight breaks out, and, when the policeman shoots at the fleeing Floyd, Casy knocks him out. However, they later find the government-run camp Weedpatch, which is kept clean and organized by committees of residents, and Tom finds work. After a month in the camp, Ma Joad declares that they must move on because of the scarcity of work.
They soon are offered jobs picking peaches, but the pay is so low that they cannot afford an adequate dinner. Tom finds Casy, who is now organizing striking peach pickers—the Joad family was hired to be strikebreakers.
A group of men approach the meeting under cover of darkness, and one of them strikes Casy with a pick handle, killing him. An enraged Tom kills that man before returning to his family.
Fearful that Tom will be arrested, the Joads leave the peach farm. They subsequently find good work picking cotton, as well as a home in a boxcar that they share with another family. Tom, who has gone into hiding, decides to become a labour organizer.
When the season for cotton ends, the Joads again struggle to find work. When the rising waters begin to fill the boxcar, the Joad family leaves. They soon reach a barn, in which they find a small boy and a starving man.If you are a teacher searching for educational material, please visit PBS LearningMedia for a wide range of free digital resources spanning preschool through 12th grade.
This course helps you review all the English language arts topics that you'll need to know for the PARCC ELA - Grade 9 Assessment. Our engaging. Grapes of Wrath History John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath in response to the life of the people that lived in Oklahoma and traveled west to California.
This book, which was written during the end of the dirty thirties, is filled with anger and hatred related to the dust bowl and the great depression times. John Steinbeck recognized that one of the most criticized elements of The Grapes of Wrath was his alternating use of inner chapters or “generals” that interrupt the narrative of the Joads.
In this lesson, students will first determine the function of Steinbeck’s opening chapter which acts as the first “inner chapter.” Then, they will explore the relationship . Steinbeck does not hesitate to provide honest details, many of which appear in the brief chapters of exposition and social commentary that intersperse the Joads’ story.
In contrast to the naturalistic setting, many of the characters in the Joad family stand as sentimentalized or heroicized figures. What literary devices are used in John Steinbeck's book, The Grapes of Wrath?
The list of literary devices used in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is a long one, but here are just a few examples.