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Examples of Figurative Language in The Grapes of Wrath

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will examine some examples of figurative language from John Steinbeck's novel 'The Grapes of Wrath,' which is about a family who has lost everything and is trying to start over.

Visualizing the Devastation

If you were to describe your setting right now, what would you say? Now, how would you make that interesting to someone else? In John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, the author is describing the devastation of the Dust Bowl on the Oklahoma economy using figurative language to help the reader get a clearer picture of the desolation. Let's look at some examples of figurative language from the novel.

Examples of Figurative Language

The following is a list of figurative language and examples from the novel that illustrate them.

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