Grapes of Wrath - The Grapes of Wrath Outline Topic: Head...

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The Grapes of Wrath Outline Topic: Head of the Household/Leadership Thesis: Role reversal was common in the 1930’s, the role of head of the household was a one to be cherished and taken seriously and usually is taken by the father, this was no different with the Joad family. I. Family Dominance. a. How the female acquired the of head of the household role. i. When the men lose the farm and their jobs II. The Character of Ma Joad. a. Important aspects of her personality. i. Leadership, courage. “she had qualities of humor, a steadfast vision and a resilient ability to bend and adapt to new situations (Timmerman 137 par 1). III. The Character of PA Joad. a. His troubles with keeping the role as head of household. i. Inability to find job in California ii. Becoming less effective as head of household b. Commitment to family deteriorates as novel ends. IV. A man’s role in the family. a. Squatter’s Circle i. Men squatting lower to show power. ii. Connection to the land b. Farming being passed down from generation to generation. i. Why the men are so close to the land and farming V. A woman’s role in the family. a. Working her way up to the dominate role. b. Women today and women in the 1930’s i. Most women today are heads of households. c. caring for emotional distress taking place in family i. Keeping the family together during difficult emotional times. d. Ma Joad rises as the force that unifies and directs the disintegrating family (Timmerman 138 par 3). The eyes of the whole family shifted back to Ma. She was the power. She had taken control (Steinbeck 234). VI. Other people on the journey to California. a. The men in the Joad family also fall apart like Pa Joad
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENG 106 taught by Professor Whoever during the Spring '07 term at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

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