Grapes of Wrath Chapter 14 Essay Cox It was the stock market crash in 1929 that lead to the decade long so called Great Depression. John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” describes the tragic effects that this economic crisis had on the daily lives of many American citizens. His book focuses on a family who like many other Americans at the time were fleeing the Great Plains due to occurrences like the dustbowl and the great depression which had left them unemployed and seeking new work. Shortly after the family in this book face the death of their…
Text Analysis: Grapes of Wrath Chapter 25 6C Due to 29. 11 2017
The book ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, written by John Steinberg, is set during the Great Depression, focusing on a poor family who must leave their home in Oklahoma due to the Dust Bowl and its consequential drought, economic hardship, and agricultural and industrial changes and their uprising hope in creating an improved future with a move to California.
This analyzation will be based around the 25th Chapter of Steinberg’s novel, where the narrator describes how countless children die due to malnutrition while good food rots, allowing big, industrialized farms to make a profit.
When the author says: ‘and these men must have surgeons’ hands and surgeons’ hearts to slit the bark, to place the grafts, to bind the wounds and cover them from air’, he is effectively comparing the men working on/for the plantations to doctors, constantly looking for improved ways of curing and protecting the plants against the infinite plagues, pests and diseases putting them at risk.
As the story continues, the narrator slowly starts to describe the problem of the successful blossoms of this spring. ‘And first the cherries ripen. Cent and a half a pound. Hell, we can’t pick’ em for that’, Steinberg’s says, expounding how due to the low profit they would make selling them, the birds and other animals commence to nibble on the perfect full and sweet cherries.
Soon, they get overripe, dropping on the ground, creating a sweet smell of decay over the valley.
The author gives more examples of such rotten food. ‘And the yellow fruit falls heavily to the ground and splashes on the ground’, he says, elaborating the problem, adding drama and immediacy to .....[read full text]