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Unformatted text preview: Intimated in this first chapter is a strong reverence for the soil, which reminds one of Steinbeck's treatment of the land in certain passages in Grapes of Wrath. The emphasis on the difference between the shod and the unshod infers that the shod condition divorces humanity from the soil. Thus later, we find that many of the natives are leaving the land because they have lost their basic contact with it. Only old men and old women are left to tend the dry valley. The young have left for the city, a place that will be developed as being somewhat evil; therefore, one of the great needs is to restore the native to an appreciation of the land. One of the outstanding features of this novel is the style, which is based on very simple sentences with short parallel phrases. There are virtually no complex sentences in the entire book. The with short parallel phrases....
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- Fall '09
- The Grapes of Wrath