Grapes of Wrath essay

Grapes of Wrath essay - History states that the women of...

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Gabrielle Citrino New Student Reading Project Short Response Study Question 1 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck’s portrayal of his female characters shifts during the plot of The Grapes of Wrath to show the journey the women have made, not only in the novel, but throughout history. Throughout the novel, the author juxtaposes the Joad’s situation with that of the rest of America. He chronicles the Joad women’s transformation from being the meek, quiet followers of men to the strong, independent leaders of their famil- ies and communities, representing the change in the rights of women nationwide.
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Unformatted text preview: History states that the women of the west were seen as equals way before the 19th Amendment was ever passed. Western wives were not at home taking care of the kids, cooking and cleaning all day. Instead, they were working side by side, next to the men. They were not seen as inferior, but the same. In turn, they were allowed to vote in elections, helping to make progress in womens rights a reality. Steinbeck was ahead of his time in giving Ma Joad the role as the leader of the family at the end of the novel...
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