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Ch 2: The Grapes of Wrath Literary Context

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Learn about the literary context of ''The Grapes of Wrath'' with this helpful study guide chapter. Reviewing these engaging lessons and self-assessment quizzes can improve your understanding of the novel's literary significance for an upcoming exam, essay, homework assignment and more.

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

  • Author John Steinbeck's life and works
  • Evidence of literary naturalism in The Grapes of Wrath
  • The book's genre classification
  • The significance of the novel's title
  • The Grapes of Wrath setting, summary, characters and themes
  • Book awards for The Grapes of Wrath
  • Controversy and censorship surrounding the novel
  • The differences between the book and its film adaptation
  • The Grapes of Wrath vocabulary

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: The Grapes of Wrath Literary Context
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John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

1. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.

Literary Naturalism in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Quotes

2. Literary Naturalism in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Quotes

This lesson will introduce literary naturalism and identify and explain some key quotes that demonstrate its influence in John Steinbeck's 1939 novel, ''The Grapes of Wrath''.

The Grapes of Wrath Genre

3. The Grapes of Wrath Genre

John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath'' fits into several possible literary genres. In this lesson, you'll learn more about those and the case for each.

The Grapes of Wrath Title: Origin, Meaning & Analysis

4. The Grapes of Wrath Title: Origin, Meaning & Analysis

This lesson is an analysis of the origin and meaning of the title of John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath'. It explains how this phrase applies literally and figuratively to the plot of the novel.

The Grapes of Wrath Setting: Description, Importance & Analysis

5. The Grapes of Wrath Setting: Description, Importance & Analysis

In this lesson, you will learn about John Steinbeck's ability to immerse the reader into his world of 'The Grapes of Wrath' by showing the suffering of the land and the humanity of the Joads.

The Grapes of Wrath: Summary, Characters & Themes

6. The Grapes of Wrath: Summary, Characters & Themes

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is a gritty, realistic look at life in the Dust Bowl in America during the Great Depression. This lesson will focus on the summary, characters, and themes of The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of Wrath Book Awards

7. The Grapes of Wrath Book Awards

In this lesson, we learn about the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and how John Steinbeck came to win both awards for his novel 'The Grapes of Wrath.' Then, test yourself with the quiz.

Why Was The Grapes of Wrath Banned? - Censorship & Controversy

8. Why Was The Grapes of Wrath Banned? - Censorship & Controversy

In this lesson, we'll explore the various reasons why John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath' (1939) was banned, challenged, and burned. We'll learn about the objections that parents, teachers, and businessmen raised against the novel.

The Grapes of Wrath Movie vs. Book

9. The Grapes of Wrath Movie vs. Book

In this lesson, we will explore the differences between John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath'' and the 1940 film adaptation. We will examine how the film deals with the novel's controversial message and how the imagery translates from novel to film.

The Grapes of Wrath Vocabulary

10. The Grapes of Wrath Vocabulary

The Grapes of Wrath was written by John Steinbeck in response to the The Great Depression and the plight of migrant workers in 1930s America.This lesson explores the main vocabulary of The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of Wrath Vocabulary Flashcards

The Grapes of Wrath Vocabulary Flashcards

Are you picking up John Steinbeck's novel, ''The Grapes of Wrath''? This set of flashcards can help you to review vocabulary from the book that is not commonly used today, including 1930s slang, tools, and terms.

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