Grapes of Wrath Analysis

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Grapes of Wrath Analysis John Steinbeck, in chapter 25 of The Grapes of Wrath employs the use of rhetoric devices to forebodingly expose the owner’s brutality towards to workers and the extents to which they will go to keep their land. The use of dark and negative words allows Steinbeck to convey to the reader the grief that the workers are experiencing as a result of the owners cruelty. Steinbeck describes the “sorrow” and “failure [that] hangs over the State” as a result of the great owners cruelty and their constant drive to succeed. By doing this he instills a sense of mourning in the reader and prepares them to sympathize for the greater mistreatments that the workers experience. Steinbeck describes the loss of the worker’s labor as the “saddest and bitterest thing of all”, and continues to further the reader’s aggravation toward the situation through the repetition of “angry”. The owners are “angry at the crime” of stealing to fallen fruit and “angry at the people who have come to take the fruit”. By illustrating the “rot fills the country”, He gives the reader a sense of distaste and bitterness. Steinbeck allows the reader to understand the feelings of the workers as they experience this hunger for food and this resentment from the owner’s the use of his dark and sorrowful word choice. Repetition is prevalent in Steinbeck’s writing. To intensify anger and frustration in the reader towards the owners he repeats the act of burning and destroying what the workers dearly need, food. The owners “burn the coffee for fuel in the ships, “burn corn to keep warm”, “dump potatoes in the rivers” and “slaughter the pigs and bury them”. By repeating the destruction food for the only reason of keeping it out of the hands of the farmers, Steinbeck emphasizes his message of the owners’ cruelty and the extents to which they will go to keep possession of their
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