Analysis Of John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes Of Wrath'

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AP English Language October 13 2014 RAGO CH 12-19 "...Fear the time when the strikes stop while the great owners live: for every little beaten strike is proof that the step is being taken ... fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is the foundation of Manself, and this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe" (Steinbeck 205). Devices: repetition Steinbeck uses the repetition of the phrases “fear the time”, and “this one quality”, to prove that even in harsh times, man always has the ability to revolt and devote his life efforts to justice. The repetition of “fear the times”, scares the reader into action, for he wants the ability to make things right and provide fair and justifiable…show more content…
Steinbeck personifies the cars of the migrant people by stating that they crawled onto the roads. The migrant people and their cars were slow to get started in the morning as they were often fatigued from the hundreds of miles that they drove every single day. Steinbeck also uses diction that is often correlated with bugs and pests, to symbolize that the Oakeys were viewed as nuisances by the Californians. Similar to bugs, the migrants traveled in large families and colonies, yet lacked power and a…show more content…
By juxtaposing rich and poor, thieves and honest men, and hunger and fat, Steinbeck covers a large spectrum in proving his point. The diction that is used is meant to show that even though an Oakie might not be the most sophisticated person in the world, he still has plenty of wits about him. The repetition of, “it ain’t that big”, refers to there being a higher power or something more important. Steinbeck uses diction, antithesis, and repetition to convey the message that there isn’t enough land for everyone to be

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