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Black and White

In Grapes of Wrath, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by RichardLeave a Comment

Possibly the most striking thing about the “Grapes of Wrath” is the unbelievable level of description, coupled with the effect this description has in terms of bringing the reader into the fold. “When the night came again it was black night, for the stars could not pierce the dust to get down, and the window lights could not even spread …

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Motor Oil

In Grapes of Wrath, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Karishma Sonde1 Comment

One of the most striking aspects of Grapes of Wrath so far was the function of the automobile. The first glimpse of it, with Tom Joad hitching a ride with the truck driver, has the truck driver stating that the truck life makes him “goddamn sick of going,” referring to the endless journey with no real point. But the Joad …

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Lingerings, unravel.

In Grapes of Wrath, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by c1 Comment

“DUST – The storytellers have not realized that the Sleeping Beauty would have awoken covered in a thick layer of dust; nor have they envisaged the sinister spiders’ webs that would have been torn apart at the first movement of her red tresses. Meanwhile dismal sheets of dust constantly invade earthly habitations and uniformly defile them: as if it were …

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The Monster

In Grapes of Wrath, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Freddy Leiva1 Comment

It is hard to believe that John Steinbeck’s The Grape’s of Wrath is a work of fiction. The account is extremely detailed and makes it very easy for the reader to get a clear image of the story. Steinbeck’s work portrays a very real image of the struggle and hardships many of these people had to endure while losing their …

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Reporting through Literature

In Grapes of Wrath, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by FrancescaLeave a Comment

Even in the first opening paragraphs of The Grapes of Wrath, readers already get a good idea of the extensive descriptions that will later inform much of the context of the book. Steinbeck’s realistic style of writing offers an overwhelmingly descriptive account of the plight of migrant workers during the Depression. Overall, the novel was not only a chronicle of …

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From Farm Men to Migrant Men

In Grapes of Wrath, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Wendy2 Comments

In The Grapes of Wrath, I really enjoyed how John Steinbeck skillfully weaved the story of the Joad family’s struggles as tenant farmers within a bigger picture of what was happening to other tenant farmers during the Great Depression. For example, as we have read and discussed for previous classes, the weather conditions in the Midwest devastated both the land …

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Slaves to the Land

In Grapes of Wrath, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Nancee2 Comments

John Steinbeck is not only a master at creating an incredibly vivid environment, but The Grapes of Wrath showcases just how dependent these people are on it. His descriptions of countless wives and children watching on as their husbands desperately cling on to their farmland really illustrates the loss and hopelessness that defines this time period. It seems like he …