Grapes of Wrath Quotes Analysis

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Dialectic Journal - Grapes of Wrath Quotation from the Text | Page # | Respond, Analyze, and Evaluate | 1.) “They stood about, reluctant to make the first move to go. They were afraid...the stars went out...the family stood still like dream walkers,their eyes focused panoramically, seeing no detail, but the whole dawn...” | Pg.112 | As I read this part of the book I felt like the Joad family was realizing that they were really going to have to leave. Before this moment everyone had everything planned and packed, they were all excited to drive to California. All of the sudden it's like they're struck with this fear to go. I don't really understand why they weren’t scared from the beginning. The way they were standing there just staring at the land was like their whole world just froze, they were not looking at one specific object, but their whole property as they were about to leave it for good. Why weren't they afraid before? | 2.) “...man reaches, stumbles forward, painfully, mistakenly sometimes. Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back. Fear the time when the bombs stop falling while the bombers live—for every bomb is proof that the spirit has not died. And 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.” | Pg.151 | This is one of my favorite quotes from the book. It was odd at first that Steinbeck started giving war a positive light, however after reading it over I completely agreed with the quote. Man is constantly moving forward step by step. This also reminded me of how in the book Tom was just trying to put “one foot in front of the other” so that he could deal with his situation. Men always advance and as they do, it can be a struggle so it is almost like everyone is just stumbling

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