Grapes of wrath book report

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grapes of wrath book report


Facts about the author:
· John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. Salinas is
known as the "salad bowl of the nation"

· Throughout his life, Steinbeck used Pigasus, a flying pig, to symbolize himself.
Some of his reasons for doing so - "a lumbering soul but trying to fly" and "not enough
wingspread but plenty of intention"

· Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath in 1940. In 1962, he
received the Nobel Prize for Literature

· Steinbeck was a war correspondent during World War II
· In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson presented John Steinbeck with a United States Medal of Freedom
· The Grapes of Wrath is considered to be Steinbeck's finest work. It was made into a
movie with Henry Fonda playing Tom Joad

Genre:
Epic; realistic fiction
Setting:
The book starts off on the family's farm in Oklahoma and follows their path through America to California.
Theme:
Wrath

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The Joads stand as exemplary figures in their refusal to be broken by the circumstances
that conspire against them. At every turn, Steinbeck seems intent on showing their dignity
and honor; he emphasizes the importance of maintaining self-respect in order to survive
spiritually. Nowhere is this more evident than at the end of the novel. The Joads have
suffered incomparable losses: Noah, Connie and Tom have left the family; Rose of Sharon
gives birth to a stillborn baby; the family possesses neither food nor promise of work.
Yet it is at this moment (Chapter Thirty) that the family manages to rise above hardship
to perform an act of unsurpassed kindness and generosity for the starving man, showing
that the Joads have not lost their sense of the value of human life.

Criticism:
In the 1993 State level competition in History Day in California Elis Palols received the
prestigious Heilbron Award given to the California Historical Society for this paper. In
addition she was the CCHS second place winner in senior papers. At the time she was a
junior at East Bakersfield High School.

When John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939, it caused an uproar
in this nation. The inside cover of the novel states, "It electrified an America still
convalescing ideas that many people were, at the least, uncomfortable with this
electlicity caused the Kern County Board of Supervisors to ban the book in the county's
public schools and libraries on August 22, 1939.

The Grapes of Wrath was mostly set in Kern County, California and illustrated the
"corporate landowners"' cruelty towards the "exploited agricultural workers. These
agricultural workers

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were usually derogatorily called "Okies," because most of them had migrated from Oklahoma.
Others came from Arkansas, Kansas, and New Mexico. After the years of drought in the area
that became known as the Dust Bowl and after they were thrown off their land, these
farmers moved to California to start a new life, hoping to own their land. However, their
luck was not as large as their hope and many were left homeless and unemployed.

According to Steinbeck's novel, this was because the California landowners barely paid the
workers enough to live on. Apparently, this offended some of Kern County's citizens,
especially the Associated Farmers of Kern County. They completely supported the Board of
Supervisors' resolution that stated the novel "misrepresented conditions in the county and
the whole San Joaquin Valley and blamed the local farmers for the plight of the indigent
farmers. The group also solicited other organizations in the valley for support. W.B.
Camp, a prominent rancher of the time and president of the Associated Farmers, said that
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