Willy Goebel Per. 5 9/28/09 Figurative Language Personification is used repeatedly in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath to demonstrate how humankind is extremely imperfect. The personification of animals goes to show how humans are not a superior as they believe. The personification of lifeless objects depicts how humans are not in control of their own lives, and nature instead governs the future. These two types of personification couple within the novel to portray the true powerlessness of the human race. Personification of animals in this novel demonstrates to the reader how similar the lifestyles of an animal and a human can be when looked upon in an introspective manner. One of the best examples of this is certainly the dog mentioned on page 21 which is described as having a “definite destination.” Perhaps the largest theme of the novel is the lack of a definite destination, as the Joad family constantly wanders across America searching for work wherever and whenever. By having a definite destination,
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