When people lose their identities and struggle with hardship, they persevere and reach unification. In John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath because of the dust bowl, the Joad family, as well as other migrants, are forced off their land, losing their identity. On their journey to California, the Joads face hardship such as starvation and death ultimately leading the Joads as well as other dust bowl survivors to unity. When the Joads are forced off their land that they have been living on for generations they lose their sense of identity. In the context of the story, land is synonymous with identity. This is especially apparent in the book with grandpa Joad. It can be argued that Grandpa Joad did not die on the road to California but instead the minute he left the land. This argument is further supported through Jim Casy’s speech to Pa in the book when he says “ You fellas can make some kinda new life, but grandpa his life was over and he knew it. He was foolin, all the time. I think he knowed it. An’ grandpa didn’t die tonight. He died the minute you took i’m off his place… He was that place an’ he knowed it” (146). This reinforces the belief that grandpa’s mental and physical connection to the land made it impossible for him to leave it. The Oklahoma farmers believed that the land belonged to them and they belonged to the land. Showing how when the farmers were forced to move away from the land, because of the Dust Bowl, they lost their identity because their identity was made up of the land that they had lived and farmed on for years. An earlier example from the book that shows the connection between land and identity is the character of Muley Graves. When Muley and Jim Casy are talking about his refusal to leave the land, Muley says “I’ll be aroun’ I says. I’ll be aroun’ till hell freezes over. There ain’t nobody can turn a guy named Graves outta this county.’ An’ they ain’t done it, neither.” (45) Muley exemplifies a physical, emotional and mental connection to the land. Although it is illegal for Muley to remain on the land, he simply cannot leave because through the years the land has become a part of him and if he does leave he will not only lose his home but will lose himself in the process. As the Joads continue their strenuous journey to California they come across numerous hardships in their new life. When the migrants form a large family and bond together they come to the conclusion that surviving is easier together. This makes them realize that hardships are part of the journey and that surviving their new life in California may be just as difficult as the one they left in Oklahoma. A clear example of this is when Tom and Pa are bathing in the river; when Tom notices the rugged landscape of California, while Pa does not know that he has arrived. Pa exclaims “Wait till we get to California. You’ll see nice country then.‘ Jesus Christ Pa! This here is California.” (204) In this moment the Joads truly see that California might not be as great as they hoped it would be. The promise land of California was the only reason why the Joads had worked and struggled on and now that California seemed out of reach they now were discouraged because they realized they would never obtain the American dream or Ma’s white house. In the beginning chapters of the book the turtle represents and foreshadows the hardships that the migrants will face “ And now a light truck approached, and as it came near the, driver saw the turtle and swerved to hit it.” (15) The driver of the truck symbolizes the greed and hatred the dust bowl families encountered. This continuous hardship and struggle leads the migrants to become a larger identity, because they realize it is easier to survive together then alone. This idea of facing hardship as a united front instead of struggling alone is shown in a excerpt from chapter 17 “In the evening a strange thing happened: the twenty families became one family the children were the children of all.
Rhetorical Analysis- The Grapes of Wrath
“You don’ know what you’re a-doin’,” were Casy’s last words before he died as a martyr. Casy died for his cause, his belief that the elite were not truly aware of how their greed was causing the suffering of the weak and that the weak could only surpass their sorrows if they worked together. Steinbeck uses chapter 25 of Grapes of Wrath to portray this very message. Steinbeck uses an array of rhetorical devices such as symbolism and the use of a instructive…
The Grapes of Wrath
Neil David Pacdaan
The movie “The Grapes of Wrath”, directed by
John Ford and written by John
Steinbeck is relevant to our present world problems. The story can relate to many
aspects of today’s current world issues some of which includes problems I could relate.
For example, an issue I can r…
for not pratcing his own preaches and set out to try to rid himself of the "lie" he was living Stienbeck proves this through Casys speach, thoughts and effects on others.
when Casy is first interduesed into the grapes of wrath by tom joad who happends apon casy and reanises him as his old preacher. on page 20 casy tells tom that he is no longer the same man ("I was a preacher, reverand jim casy ---was a burning busher. used to howl out the name of jeasus to glory…
Honors English II
Grapes of Wrath Synthesis Essay
The individual has the responsibility of a larger morality to fight against social injustices in society, to the extent of his own wellbeing and sanity.
Humans are social creatures, and need to be in constant contact to others, and seek unity in order to function correctly. And in being social, it is expressed not only through communication, but through compassion, empathy, unity, goals and aspirations…
AP English Language
This story is full of informal language, mostly because of the fact about the time period and the lifestyle of the characters. The words used were like southern slang which gave away the time setting of the story and also it helped with understanding the story with the different mental images . Characterization helped distinguish between different characters and how they act. In most cases, a job is held by the level of education and how well…
the end of the novel, Tom has learned that anger makes great fuel for righteous struggle. After Casey’s death, he uses his love for the family of man to channel his anger into effective action as a labor organizer.
In Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath, most of the characters went through some type of change. Tom Joad affected many different people throughout the whole trip to California. Not only did he change as a result of the long trip, but also he had a major impact on Jim Casy and on the…
Essay about Maturity
Human development start from birth, through infant, toddler, teen, adult and finally end with his death. In this ecological process everybody carry different level of understanding and different level of response about something. I love to divide maturity in two different sections. Number one is physical maturity, which we can see by our eye and we can figure out in general by looking that person. For example man physical maturity is signed…
selfish adolescent to a selfless adult is the turning point in Rose of Sharon’s life. A mysterious smile creeps across Rose of Sharon’s face when nursing the man, which then ends the book.
Some of Rose of Sharon most important actions in The Grapes of Wrath include worrying about her baby’s health, getting upset when Connie leaves her in the Hooverville camp, picking cotton with her family, birthing her stillborn baby, and breast feeding the starving man back to health. Before Rose of Sharon had…
John Steinbeck, the author of The Grapes of Wrath, uses interchapters to give the reader a better understanding of the novel. One of the main reasons Steinbeck uses interchapters is to foreshadow the regular chapters and the events that will happen later on in the novel. The interchapters fit well within the rest of the chapters. The interchapters help to give the reader a precise vision of the Joads’ harsh journey to California. It gives insight into factual evidence with the novel…
seem to make a difference because it does not affect the person at all. But, to others it does because it can affect one’s salary, self-esteem, class level, and how one lives his/her life. In Frank Galati’s adapted version of John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath”, inequality can be a problem, and can influence any person who is around.
On Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00pm, I attended an amusing play written by Galati, which took place on campus reenacted by the students of SJSUs department of television…