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The Grapes of Wrath | Study Guide

John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck

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Perspective and Narrator

The Grapes of Wrath is written from a third-person omniscient point of view, which allows the narrator to explore the thoughts and feelings of all characters. Even-numbered chapters tell the story of the Joad family; odd-numbered chapters provide background information about the drought and Dust Bowl, the migration of Oklahomans to California, and the life of the migrants in California. These explanatory chapters are called intercalary chapters because they are inserted between other parts.


The Grapes of Wrath is told in the past tense.

About the Title

Steinbeck chose the title for the novel from a verse in "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," which reads, "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord / He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored." Explaining the title—which was suggested by Steinbeck's wife—in a letter to his agent, Steinbeck commented, "I like the song because it is a kind of a march and this book is a kind of a march."


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