Symbolism In John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath

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The 1930’s were a troublesome time for Americans across the country. The Great Depression took its toll on the average person, leaving them with difficult decisions and impossible circumstances. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, focuses on the plights of the migrant families living in the southern states. Through the use of symbolism, Steinbeck is able to implement the idea of persevering through the obstacles placed in one’s path. Steinbeck’s novel has a unique chapter format. Every other chapter is written as an intercalary chapter, a chapter that tells of the broader perspective. One of those chapters follows a turtle crawling along the burning highway. The turtle is hit by a car and was jerked upside down. Steinbeck writes, “Lying

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