Grapes of Wrath Essay - Eric Castro The Grapes of Wrath...

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Eric Castro 715-00-9622 The Grapes of Wrath uses the story of the Joad family to portray the plight of thousands of Dust Bowl farmers in which The Great Depression puts everything on the line and shows the struggle of the American citizen. The people who are described in The Grapes of Wrath are bound together by their shared circumstances. As a result, there is a community of refugees that is created, people who might otherwise not have been in contact with one another or within the community. The people are put to the test and being a “whole” person is one characteristic that Steinbeck portrays as a being special. Throughout the story men are portrayed to be powerful and hardworking in order to keep the family safe and in good hands. Whenever a problem comes to the plate, the men are the ones within the family that step up and create a solution. When the Wilson car breaks down Tom and Casy are the ones that volunteer to stay back and fix it, suggesting the family continues onward.
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