The Grapes of Wrath
by: Claire Walker
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Meaning of Title: "The Grapes of Wrath"
"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;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible sword:
His truth is marching on."
In The Grapes of Wrath, a part of the story tells of how food is purposely being destroyed to maintain the incredibly high prices which shows how wrath is evoked. The grapes of wrath themselves represent the wrath and resentment that grew in the workers hearts as they discovered their lack of money and food would only lead them to more suffering.
Themes of Each Issue
- Humanity and Dehumanization: The Joads experience the most adversity from the people who could've helped the most, the more fortunate families.
- Dignity, Honor, and Wrath: The Joads are very unwilling to accept help from anyone and when they do, they try to repay their debt as soon as possible. To show their level of dignity, the Joads don't want to pay less than a food stamp of food because if it cost less or was given to them for free, that would be considered stealing.
- Faith and Guilt: Another main character, Casy, who used to be a preacher, faces a lot of struggles with his faith and is often forced to portray a more religious person than he truly is.
- Perseverance and Resistance: The Joads persevere through having their home taken from them and how powerless they are to the land-owners.
- Human Nature: I think Steinbeck is giving us a look at how the migrants come together as an extended family when they make camp. Their "world" has changed since they left the farm. Now beneath the starlight, they create different worlds. They realize they only need family to create a home rather than one place to go to at all times.
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