Grapes of Wrath Characters

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Grapes of Wrath

The novel The Grapes of Wrath is in many ways a one-of-a-kind piece of literature. This
work is set up unlike any other book, written in a series of chapters and inter-chapters,
which do a amazing job of informing the reader of the travels the characters in the book
are going through. Not only does the story focus on the problems one family goes through,
but explains the problem is happening to many more people than the story focus's on.
Steinbeck does not leave out a single detail about the Joad family and their journey to
California, and that in itself is what makes his writing so entertaining. Not only is this
a powerful topic to write about, but also the outstanding writing style of author John
Steinbeck makes this book a masterpiece.


From the intensely vivid descriptions of the land to the true-to-the-heart portrayal of
people, Steinbeck makes the words flow right off the pages. The first and most major
notability of Steinbeck's style is his lavish descriptions of almost everything he writes
about. When Steinbeck writes about an unadorned field he is able to give it the brilliance
that it deserves. Instead of just a few acres of dirt, Steinbeck makes the reader aware of
the heart and soul of the field. In the first paragraph Steinbeck draws out the situation
of the drought and hence, the dustbowl. He explains, "The rain crust broke and the dust
lifted up out of the fields and drove gray plumes into the air like sluggish smoke". In
this short sentence the reader has an intense picture of this massive amount of dust
blowing away.
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