Essay on "Grapes of Wrath" by Steinbeck. Examines the different ways Joads tried to keep united within the family or with others who shared the same struggles and sufferings.

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Steinbeck wrote many wonderful books but a great classic

is one titled The Grapes of Wrath. This is a story of a

family called the Joads, and a tale of a courageous family who

sought security and family unity.

In my paper I will examine the different ways the Joads

tried to keep united whether just within their immediate

family or eventually with all the others who shared the same

struggles and sufferings.

Steinbeck's dialogue and description's of the dusty

roads, the men squatting in the dirt drawing pictures while

making major decisions, the way in which they traveled all

puts you right into the middle of the family. One becomes

aware and wants to be a part of there unity and their long for

security. Steinbeck's use of the characters dialect is

astoundingly excellent and unmistakenly realistic of the

Joad's culture. Without this dialogue, it would not be as

intense and vivid.

J. Homer Caskey, in 'Letters to the Editor' says,

'Steinbeck's knowledge of the forces which hold

a family together and the forces which cause it

to disintegrate. He understands that family

councils are an important part of the lives of

the Joads.'

The major theme is the struggle and survival of the Joad

family from the time they lost their home, to the unity they

felt and soon were a part of a whole community, one big

family, and one big soul. This theme is particularly exemplified

by Ma Joad, who played a major part.

The Joads encountered a constant struggle to keep the

family going and intact. When Ma knew that gramma Joad was

dying she told her that there was nothing she could do, that

the family needed to get across the desert that night. It was

not until they were across the desert...