Ch 3: The Grapes of Wrath Literary Analysis

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Review ''The Grapes of Wrath'' Literary Analysis chapter of this ''The Grapes of Wrath'' Study Guide course to better understand the literary analysis of this American novel. Engaging lessons, short quizzes and other resources in this chapter can help you study for a test or improve your grades.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary analysis of The Grapes of Wrath for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • The author of The Grapes of Wrath
  • Literary criticism and critical analysis of the novel
  • The Grapes of Wrath plot and structure analysis
  • Biblical allusions and references in the novel
  • Okies, sharecroppers and migrant workers in the novel
  • Migrant camps, Weedpatch and Hooverville
  • Transcendentalism and the oversoul
  • Pragmatism, rationalism and empiricism in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Breastfeeding in the novel
  • Significance of the car dealer and Casey's song
  • The Grapes of Wrath Marxist literary criticism
  • Similarities and differences between The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath
  • Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath comparisons

14 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Grapes of Wrath Literary Analysis
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The Grapes of Wrath: Author, Symbols & Analysis

1. The Grapes of Wrath: Author, Symbols & Analysis

Chances are you've heard of the book The Grapes of Wrath. No, it isn't about a winery or fruit gone bad. This lesson will set you straight on this important work of American fiction, shed light on the symbolism used, and fill you in on its author, John Steinbeck.

The Grapes of Wrath: Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis

2. The Grapes of Wrath: Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis

In this lesson, we will discover the reasons that critics both acclaimed and reviled Steinbeck's populist road journey. We'll learn why right-wing critics reacted negatively to the novel's sentimentality. Then, we'll explore the novel's critique of capitalism.

The Grapes of Wrath: Plot & Structure Analysis

3. The Grapes of Wrath: Plot & Structure Analysis

This lesson will analyze the plot structure of John Steinbeck's 1939 novel, ''The Grapes of Wrath,'' using the Freytag pyramid, a model of dramatic action that can help us better understand its plot structure.

Biblical Allusions & References in The Grapes of Wrath

4. Biblical Allusions & References in The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck wrote 'The Grapes of Wrath' using biblical images and ideas. In this lesson, we'll discuss some of these biblical allusions and ideas that emphasize the Joad family's tribulations.

The Grapes of Wrath: Okies, Sharecroppers & Migrant Workers

5. The Grapes of Wrath: Okies, Sharecroppers & Migrant Workers

In this lesson, we will examine the roles of sharecropper, migrant worker, and 'Okie' that the Joad family plays in John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath'' as they struggle to survive during the Great Depression.

The Grapes of Wrath: Migrant Camps, Weedpatch & Hooverville

6. The Grapes of Wrath: Migrant Camps, Weedpatch & Hooverville

When the migrants whose lives are the focus of ''The Grapes of Wrath'' arrive in California, they can either live in pop-up communities, or in government camps; there is a world of difference between the two, which is the focus of this lesson.

Philosophy in The Grapes of Wrath: Transcendentalism & The Oversoul

7. Philosophy in The Grapes of Wrath: Transcendentalism & The Oversoul

John Steinbeck deals with several philosophical ideas in 'The Grapes of Wrath', including transcendentalism and the oversoul. This lesson discusses these philosophies, references to them in the book and their relevance to two major characters.

The Grapes of Wrath: Pragmatism, Rationalism & Empiricism

8. The Grapes of Wrath: Pragmatism, Rationalism & Empiricism

In this lesson we learn how John Steinbeck weaves pragmatism, rationalism, and empiricism throughout ''The Grapes of Wrath'', and how his characters represent these philosophical ways of seeing the world.

Breastfeeding in The Grapes of Wrath: Ending & Analysis

9. Breastfeeding in The Grapes of Wrath: Ending & Analysis

'The Grapes of Wrath' is a dark story about migrant workers in California and the challenges they face. This lesson discusses the ending of the story and how the final images stay with readers.

The Grapes of Wrath Car Dealer Significance

10. The Grapes of Wrath Car Dealer Significance

This lesson explores the car salesman's monologue from chapter 7 of 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll learn how this minor character sheds light on the main characters. Then, we'll explore Steinbeck's use of repetition, rhythm, and personification.

The Grapes of Wrath Casy's Song Significance

11. The Grapes of Wrath Casy's Song Significance

A dirty drifter hums a tune under a tree by the side of the road. In this lesson we'll learn about the significance of the song he sings. We'll explore the character of Reverend Jim Casy: his fall from the Church and his free-thinking philosophy.

Marxist Literary Criticism of The Grapes of Wrath

12. Marxist Literary Criticism of The Grapes of Wrath

In this lesson we learn about Marxism and where it originates, Marxist literary criticism, and how we can read John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath'' through this critical lens.

Compare & Contrast The Great Gatsby & The Grapes of Wrath

13. Compare & Contrast The Great Gatsby & The Grapes of Wrath

In this lesson we will compare and contrast two classic American novels: The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath. We will identify the central themes and characteristics of these masterpieces, and we will see how they relate to one another.

Compare & Contrast Of Mice and Men & The Grapes of Wrath

14. Compare & Contrast Of Mice and Men & The Grapes of Wrath

This lesson will compare Steinbeck's representation of both protagonists and antagonists in Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. When finished, you will be able to analyze the differences in the novels' treatment of character and theme.

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