The Grapes Of Wrath Literary Analysis

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“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” -Benjamin Franklin. The books entitled, They Shall Inherit the Earth and The Grapes of Wrath have many profound differences, yet when one looks deeper they begin to note the many corresponding themes. Both of these books take place during the great depression of the 1930’s. Each book tells the tale of two families- the Aikenhead’s (They Shall Inherit the Earth) and the Joad’s (The Grapes of Wrath), the family’s live two distinctly different lives, the Aikenhead’s are rich and their family is broken; whereas the Joad family is poor and their family is close knit. Factors such as their finances and religion affect the Joad family relationships; the Aikenhead family shares no beliefs while the Joad family is Christian. The Joad’s find ways to deal with conflict and always have their concrete beliefs and their hope in Jesus Christ, when all else seems to be falling apart- religion is the families common…show more content…
Throughout the book Grandma Joad is set up as an extremely religious woman, who is a faith warrior in their family. The family follows Christian practices such as praying before their meals, and also before bed. The Joad family members, though not ‘perfect’ Christians have a concrete belief in Jesus that holds them together. It is one of the many things that they all have in common. When a family member falls away from the ‘strait and narrow’ the family welcomes them back with open arms. At the end of the book it becomes very obvious of the strong faith that the Joad’s have. When Rose of Sharon; the daughter of Ma and Pa Joad finds a homeless man starving to death and she feeds him from her breast. Though the decision to feed the man was difficult at first, Rose of Sharon is encouraged by her mother and finds the courage to

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