S: The Grapes of Wrath: Chapter 19
FC: The Grapes of Wrath: Chapter 19
1: Chapter 19 on The Grapes of Wrath By John Steinbeck Presentation by: Holly Rosales, Erica Phillips, Vannessa Rodriguez and Joanna Villereal
2: Summary: Americans fled to California and callously took the land from the Mexicans. Steinbeck discusses the unbalance of wealth and the revolt that occurs from the less fortunate. The law takes over some areas and prevents people from illegally farming on small strips of land. The corruption is shown through the revealing of the government caring more about the land than the starving children in Hoovervilles. However, the parents of these children have failed to act on the their poverty and make a change for the better .
3: How this chapter parallels the plot: In the Grapes of Wrath, the main characters are taking a journey to California to find a new life and new jobs. Just as the chapter describes, California used to belong to Mexico, until people came to the state looking for a new life and new jobs like the characters in the book. Once these new settlers came to California, the land became theres, even thought they were just looking for an honestly living.
4: "The great owners formed associations for protecting and they meet to discuss ways to intimidate, to kill, to gasp. And always they were in fear of a principal-- three hundred thousand-- if they ever move under a leader-- the end.Three hundred thousand, hungry and miserable; if they ever know themselves , the land will be theres and all the gasp, all the rifles in the world wont stop them. And the great owners , who had become through the might of there holdings both more and less than men, ran to there destruction, and used every means that in the long run would destroy them" ( Steinbeck 238). The need for power will destroy them "Our people are good people won't all be poor. Pray God some day a kind people won't all be poor. Pray God some day a kid can eat. And the associations of owners knew that some day the praying would stop. And there's the end"( Steinbeck 239). The people faith is all they have and when it is lost, they are 'lost'.
5: " Carloads, caravans, homeless and hungry; twenty thousand and fifty thousand and a hundred thousand and two hundred thousand. They streamed over the mountains, hungry and restless-- restless as ants, scurrying to find work to do-- to lift, to push, to pull, to pick, to cut-- anything, any burden to bear, for food. The kids are hungry. We got no place to live. Like ants scurrying for work, for food, and most of all for land" (Steinbeck 233). The extent of their suffering
6: Imagery: "They had no more the stomach-tearing lust for a rich acre and a shining blade to plow it, for seed and a windmill beating its wings in the air" (Steinbeck 231). | “Like ants scurrying for work, for food, and most of all for land” (Steinbeck 233). “They could not resist, because they wanted nothing in the world as ferociously as the Americans wanted land” (Steinbeck 231). Personification: “The field goaded him, and the company ditches with good water flowing were a goad to him” (Steinbeck 234). Allusion: “ Well, there’s Hooverville on the edge of the river” (Steinbeck 234). | Parallel Antithesis: "And these things were possession, and possession was ownership" (Steinbeck 231). | Repetition: “and remember only that they owned it, remembered only what they gained and lost by it”(Steinbeck 232). Pathos: “The kids are hungry” (Steinbeck 233). Similes:
7: Steinbeck, uses strong imagery and personifications to paint vivid images in the readers minds.To create thoughtful thinking in the readers mind, he uses parallel antithesis, similes and allusion. By using these sentences the reader is able to connect to the story more by relating the text to something they know. Then Steinbeck pulls the reader in further by appealing to the readers emotion by using Pathos. By writing things that appeals to emotion, the reader starts to fully understand the situation and the hardships faced during the great depression.
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