Grapes Of Wrath Sacrifice Analysis

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The Significance of Sacrifice and its Character Building Qualities In both the novels The Grapes of Wrath and Their Eyes Were Watching God the authors use sacrifice as a factor in shaping their characters to lead to and to support main reoccurring themes throughout the novel. John Steinbeck uses Rose of Sharon’s sacrifice that leads to her own self discovery overall to portray the forced growth of a character to parallel the hard times and to symbolize the saving power of family and fellowship. Zora Neale Hurston uses moral sacrifice through Janie’s many trials which also leads to her own self discovery to show the significance of love and relationships as oppose to your own independence. Both authors John use the common theme of sacrifice throughout the novel to shape their characters’ and lead them to their self discovery. Rose of Sharon, a main character in…show more content…
She must fight off the influences of her grandmother, who encourages her to marry for security, and her first two husbands, who thwart her development. Her second husband, Jody, has an especially negative impact on Janie's growth as his prevailing aspirations turn her into a symbol of his stature in the town. She is not allowed to be herself, but must subdue herself to his ideas of propriety, which means she cannot enjoy the talk of the townsfolk on the porch let alone participate in it. “This business of the head-rag irked her endlessly. But Jody was set on it. Her hair was NOT going to show in the store. It didn’t seem sensible at all. That was because Joe never told Janie how jealous he was...She was there in the store for him to look at, not those others” (Hurston 55). Here, Joe’s jealousy forces Janie to bind up one of her greatest displays of womanhood. This is one way that Joe traps Janie and keeps her from letting her express her true

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