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John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath:. The Top Ten Motifs. Nature as Antagonist. "The women studied the men's faces secretly, for the corn could go, as long as something else remained." page 6. Strength of the Family.

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nature as antagonist
Nature as Antagonist
  • "The women studied the men's faces secretly, for the corn could go, as long as something else remained." page 6
strength of the family
Strength of the Family
  • And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men - to feel whether this time the men would break. Page 6
  • “You should of went too. You shouldn’t of broke up the fambly.” Jim Casey, page 65
individual vs the corporate machine
Individual vs. The Corporate Machine
  • “But sometimes a guy’ll be a good guy even if some rich bastard makes him carry a sticker.” Tom Joad, page 11
turtle as a symbol
Turtle as a Symbol
  • “Nobody can’t keep a turtle though. They work at it and work at it, and at last one day they go out and away they go—off somewheres. It’s like me.” Jim Casey, page 28
  • Turning Hardship Into Prosperity. Page 22
  • the philosophical ideas of Emerson and some other 19th-cent. New Englanders, based on a search for reality through spiritual intuition
  • “Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesus? Maybe, maybe it’s all men an’ all women we love; maybe that’s the Holy Sperit—the human sperit—the whole shebang. Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.” Jim Casey, page 33
individual vs group
Individual vs. Group
  • “Why, you're Joe Davis' boy!… What you doing this kind of work for—against your own people-Three dollars a day…I got a wife and kids. We got to eat. Three dollars a day and it comes every day.-That is right … But for your three dollars a day fifteen or twenty families can't eat at all…-Can' t think of that. Got to think of my own kids.” page 50
oppression that leads to wrath
Oppression that leads to Wrath
  • “But where does it stop? Who can you shoot? I don’t aim to starve to death before I kill the man that’s starving me.” page 52
moral obligation to help others
Moral Obligation to Help Others
  • "You sharin' with us, Muley Graves?" he asked. Muley fidgeted in embarrassment. "I ain't got no choice in the matter." page 66
  • a social or political movement designed to bring about land reforms or to improve the economic status of the farmer
man s connection to the land
Man’s Connection to the Land
  • “An’ I put my han’ on that groun’ where my own pa’s blood is part of it.” Muley Graves, page 69
works cited
Works Cited
  • Agrarianism. Dictionary Definitions. Web. 30 September 2010. <>
  • Roadside Photo. FSA-OWI Collection. 30 September 2010.<>
  • transcendentalism."Dictionary Definitions. LoveToKnow, n.d. Web. 24 September 2010. <>.