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Ch 4: The Grapes of Wrath Themes

About This Chapter

Use this collection of study resources to review the themes from the novel ''The Grapes of Wrath.'' These convenient lessons and quizzes can help students who need extra help preparing for tests or completing homework assignments or who want to get ahead in class.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help analyzing or understanding the themes of The Grapes of Wrath will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to analyze the novel's themes and conflicts. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the themes of conflict, capitalism and family in The Grapes of Wrath
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the The Grapes of Wrath Themes chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
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Students Will Review:

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

  • Major themes from The Grapes of Wrath, including family, the American Dream, survival, unity, and hope
  • Evidence of greed, selfishness, dehumanization and inhumanity from the novel
  • Economic themes related to capitalism, socialism, communism and Marxism
  • Man vs. man, class and internal conflicts from The Grapes of Wrath
  • Use of machines, banks and the bank monster metaphor

13 Lessons in Chapter 4: The Grapes of Wrath Themes
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Grapes of Wrath Themes: Overview & Examples

1. The Grapes of Wrath Themes: Overview & Examples

This lesson will provide an overview of major themes in 'The Grapes of Wrath,' John Steinbeck's 1939 novel about the struggles of the Joad family during the Great Depression.

Family in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme, Importance & Analysis

2. Family in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme, Importance & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll analyze the theme of family in ''The Grapes of Wrath'' through the lens of the male characters. At the end of this lesson, you'll be able to evaluate Steinbeck's representation of the family in a rapidly-changing society.

The Grapes of Wrath: Dehumanization & Inhumanity

3. The Grapes of Wrath: Dehumanization & Inhumanity

The migrant workers in ''The Grapes of Wrath,', including the Joad family, experience inhumanity and dehumanizing behavior from farmers and townspeople on a nearly constant basis. This dehumanization occurs through both language and living conditions.

The American Dream in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Analysis

4. The American Dream in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Analysis

In this lesson we will learn the meaning of the American Dream as represented in ''The Grapes of Wrath.'' First, we'll examine various interpretations of the Dream. Then, we'll explore John Steinbeck's critique of it.

Economic Themes in The Grapes of Wrath: Socialism, Communism & Marxism

5. Economic Themes in The Grapes of Wrath: Socialism, Communism & Marxism

John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath' describes social conditions during the Great Depression. This type of condition creates the opportunity to analyze from socialist, communist, and Marxist perspective.

Capitalism in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Criticism

6. Capitalism in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Criticism

In this lesson we will understand how John Steinbeck depicts capitalism in ''The Grapes of Wrath.'' We will also learn why he was critical of capitalism and ways in which his characters fight against it.

Conflict in The Grapes of Wrath: Internal, Class & Man vs. Man

7. Conflict in The Grapes of Wrath: Internal, Class & Man vs. Man

In this lesson, we will examine the various types of conflict that drive the plot of 'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck. It is a novel about overcoming obstacles during the Great Depression.

The Grapes of Wrath: Banks & The Bank Monster Metaphor

8. The Grapes of Wrath: Banks & The Bank Monster Metaphor

In this lesson, we will cover the ways in which Steinbeck describes banks as monsters, how these monsters survive, what they feed on, and what makes them so terrifying.

Machines in The Grapes of Wrath

9. Machines in The Grapes of Wrath

In this lesson, we will explore the themes in ''The Grapes of Wrath'' that evoke the intimate connection between land and farmer. We will look at the symbols Steinbeck uses to contrast and conflict with that relationship: bank foreclosures and farming machinery.

Greed & Selfishness in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Meaning

10. Greed & Selfishness in The Grapes of Wrath: Examples & Meaning

''The Grapes of Wrath'' is a story of the Joad family and their journey to find work and success during the Great Depression. This lesson focuses on how greed and selfishness play a part in the story.

Hope in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Symbols

11. Hope in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Symbols

In this lesson we learn that in 'The Grapes of Wrath' the characters survive in part by finding hope in one another and that Steinbeck uses symbols of hope as a way to represent the best of humanity in the novel.

Unity in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Examples

12. Unity in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Examples

As the Joad family learns during the Great Depression, the only way they can survive is by uniting with others. In this lesson we will examine the theme of unity in John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath.''

Survival in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Quotes

13. Survival in The Grapes of Wrath: Theme & Quotes

This lesson will discuss the theme of survival in John Steinbeck's 1939 novel, ''The Grapes of Wrath,'' and discuss how select quotes illustrate this theme.

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