An analysis of tom joads spiritual growth in grapes of wrath by john steinbeck

The hot sun beats down on him, so he takes off his shoes and wraps them in his coat. Spying the horned turtle from the previous chapter, he picks it up and wraps it in the coat as well.

An analysis of tom joads spiritual growth in grapes of wrath by john steinbeck

. John Steinbeck aims to express the American political and social system as the reflection on characterization, plot, and symbols in The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck s characters struggle desperately against forces beyond their understanding or control. Many of those characters suffer tragic fates, yet they almost always marriage to exhibit bravery and retain a sense of dignity throughout their struggles.

Steinbeck s ability to combine harsh critiques of the political and social systems of his times with genuine artistry in his characterization, plot, and language is unique in American literature.

The Grapes of Wrath is the historically authentic story of the Joad family; Oklahoma farmers dispossessed of their land and forced to become migrant farmers in California.

The Turtle is an excerpt from the opening pages of this novel, which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The book aroused public sympathy for the plight of migratory farm workers and established Steinbeck as one of the most highly regarded writers of his day.

Steinbeck s belief in social justice, and in the human ability to learn from and rise above suffering, infused all his work. His stories and novels, many of which are set in the agriculture region of northern California where he grew up, capture the poverty, desperation, and social injustice experienced by many working-class Americans during the bleak period in American national history.

As in the works of naturalist writers like Stephen Crane and Jack London, Steinbeck s characters struggle desperately against forces beyond their understanding or control. Tom Joad hitch-hikes home after spending four years in prison for killing a man in a drunken fight.

On his way he meets Jim Casy, an ex-preacher, whom he knows. Casy accompanies Tom to the Joads house but they find it deserted and damaged.

Mulcy Graves explains that the landowners forced the tenant-farmers to leave and that the Joads are staying at Uncle John s house prior to their departure for California.

Casy and Tom eat with Muley and next morning join the family at Uncle John s. The family agrees to take Casy to California with them.

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They sell or destroy the possessions which they cannot take with them, load up the truck, and prepare to leave. Grampa suddenly decides that he will not go, so Pa, Ma, and Tom decide to dope him and take him.

The intercalary chapters or interchapters, that is those chapters which are not part of the narrative of the Joad family deal with the drought in Oklahoma 1st chaptera turtle crossing a highway 3rd chapter.

The Joads travel on Route 66 and on the first night of their journey meet the Wilsons, another migrant family Grampa dies in the Wilsons tent and the family buries him. Tom and Al repair the Wilsons car and the families continue the journey together.

When the Wilsons car breaks down again Tom and Al repair it after buying a spare part and some tools cheaply from a one-eyed wrecking-yard assistant.

Before they cross the Californian desert Noah leaves I hem and walks off beside a river.

An analysis of tom joads spiritual growth in grapes of wrath by john steinbeck

The Wilsons also stay behind because Sairy is too ill to travel any further The Joads leave food and money for the Wilsons and continue their journey. During the crossing Granma dies, but Ma says nothing because she fears that the family might stop and then not get across.

The intercalary chapters deal with the derelict houses of the former tenant-farmers 11th chapterHighway 66 12th chapterthe potential for political and social change inherent in the migrants problems 14th chapterthe roadside cafes 15th chapterand the roadside camps established each night by the migrants 17th chapter.

Theme and Symbolism The Joads stop at a Hooverville, the name for any camp for migrants on the outskirts of a town, and inquire about work. Here they confront the reality of conditions in California. A labour contractor and a Deputy Sheriff arrive, and when the Deputy arrests a young man on a false charge Tom trips the Deputy and Casy knocks him unconscious.

Casy makes Tom hide and when more Deputies arrive Casy gives himself up.

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They fortunately find a place in the government camp at Weedpatch. They enjoy life in this camp which the migrants run successfully, but only Tom finds a little work and the family must eventually leave. They find work picking peaches and unwittingly become strike-breakers.

When Tom slips out of the Hooper Ranch he meets Casy who leads the strike. Deputies attack and kill Casy and Tom kills a Deputy, but Tom also receives a bad facial wound. The Joads hide Tom in their truck and leave. They find work picking cotton and Tom hides out in a cave in nearby bushes until Ruthie tells a girl that her brother killed a man.The Power of Religion in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck's epic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, chronicles the struggles of the Joads as they join the thousands of fellow "Okies" in a mass migration westward.

When they reach the Joad place, it is deserted, and Tom realizes that something is wrong. Analysis Of critical importance to the novel, Chapter 4 provides the first strand of a social philosophy advocated by Steinbeck: an evocation of the Emersonian concept of the Oversoul.

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The Grapes of Wrath. Teacher s notes LEVEL 5. About the author. Summary. John Steinbeck. John Steinbeck About the author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (), the most illustrious “protest” novel of the s, was an epic tribute to the Okies, those throwbacks to America’s 19th-century pioneers, now run off their farms by the banks, the Dust Bowl, and the mechanization of modern agriculture, clattering in.