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Report this resource to TpT. Description This product includes two rhetorical analysis prompts from chapter For this lesson I have students read and annotate the first prompt's passage and then create a mind-map writing plan for a thesis that I provide them.
For the second prompt, the student must write her own thesis and create a mind-map writing plan. You can stop there and use it as a discussion tool, or have students actually write the essay s. However, this is a lesson that can work well with college preparatory students. Total Pages. Pair this with the Identity Charts activity.
Chapter 10 Compare and contrast how each character handles leaving. Discuss personal experiences of moving, leavings, or moving on. What are they afraid of? Modern conveniences and appliances are not seen in chapter How much different were the lives of the Joad family compared to our lives today? Consider this: there are homeless people who still have a cell phone. Chapter 11 What is Steinbeck saying about Muley by using similar descriptions of the life of abandoned cats ?
Well, what happened to them? What happened to the folks in the car? Did they walk? Where are they? Where does the courage come from? Where does the terrible faith come from? Speculate on what happened to the people who abandoned their cars. Interstate commerce an emigration. What are the laws? Why did Los Angeles police patrol the California borders? Was this legal? Do you agree with their actions?
Do you feel the same about the Border Patrol at our international borders? Steinbeck considered this chapter the first in the second part of the novel. Why was this chapter so important? What themes, ideas, feelings, etc. Predict what will happen in the coming chapters. What does he mean? Why does he need the characters to be like this? Does he succeed? How does this affect the story?
Why is this scene so important? What do you see as important in their communication and interactions with the Wilson family? What do you think Casy is referring to? Is Casy anti-capitalist? Is he anti-American? Of Connie? Compare and contrast the Wilsons, the fat man, and the salesman. Why did Grampa die? Would he have died if he had stayed home? Did the conditions of the trip kill him?
Chapter 14 Why was there fear of and resistance to the New deal? Do you agree with this idea? Is this a positive or negative trait? What does Steinbeck mean? How was the social unrest of the Great Depression similar to that of the Great Recession of the early s? Chapter 15 How are the different economic and social classes portrayed?
Blue collar White collar Farmers Poor Why are truck drivers so great? Which classes approve of FDR? What is the fat man in the car worried about? What is he alluding to? What is he placing more value on? Does this erase the compassion that Mae showed? Chapter 16 Who is more a preacher: Casy or Tom?
Compare Ma and Rose Is this true? Or had Ma always been in control? Predict: is this a turning point in the novel? Do you agree with Ma? Climbing fences vs. Was Tom cruel to the man at the wrecking yard? What message is Tom trying to get across? Later, after Al begins to discuss his own ideas, separate Al from the family and return to this discussion.
Chapter 17 Steinbeck describes a social structure that is being built and rebuilt as the migrants move west. How do you think Steinbeck feels about rules, laws, and governments based on this chapter? What is ostracism? Do you agree with Steinbeck that ostracism is worse than fighting ? Chapter 18 Compare California as the Joad family had hoped it would be versus what the men in the river describe Why does Noah leave ? Why does Tom not try to stop him?
Write about what happens to Noah after he leaves the family. Do you agree with her actions? What, if anything, could she have done differently? Is Tom becoming the leader of the family? What is the importance of this statement and the image it creates?
What is courage ? Compare the description of the land on pages with the description on page Why does Steinbeck create such an image of hope on page and then immediately follow it with the news of Granma? Which is stronger in the Joad family? Hope or despair? What does Casy mean? How do you think readers at the time reacted to this idea? Write about what happens to the Wilsons after the Joad family leaves.
Chapter 19 Is Steinbeck calling for a revolution? Is Steinbeck anti-capitalist? Is he a socialist? A communist? Why was there no revolution by nonwhites? Why did socialism not develop and take hold in the United States as it did in parts of Europe? Was there a revolution as Steinbeck predicted? Was there a different kind of revolution? Chapter 20 Read the descriptions of the different camp sites near the river How does this compare to the migrant life the Joad family has endured thus far?
Why are the two different campsites different? What causes one to be worse than the other? Extension: read chapter 2 of The Harvest Gypsies. Discuss the causes and effects found in the chapter. How does Steinbeck build tension in this chapter? In what ways are people held back? Held down? Do you agree with what Casy did? Was it a good thing? A bad thing? Why does Connie leave? What are your feelings on this?
Why does Tom lie to Rose about Connie ? What do you think about this? Was it a good or bad thing to do? Extension: read chapter 4 of The Harvest Gypsies where Steinbeck talks about dignity. How does his definition of dignity apply to this passage? Did Connie betray the family when he left?
What about Noah? Write a scene where Casy is in jail. What happens to him? Does any of the advice Tom gave him about prison help? Chapter 22 What makes everyone in Weedpatch camp so kind? Timothy and Wilkie Wallace help Tom get a job Why do they do this?
Should they have? What is his message? The life of the poor and farmers in the s. The Joad family had never seen a modern flush toilet before! What does this mean? How does this connect to chapter 17? The importance of appearance. Ma wants the family washed and looking as good as possible. How does this connect to what she said in chapter 18 about the family being dirty?
What does Steinbeck think about government? What are the different sources of dignity shown in this chapter? What is the difference between charity and the poor helping each other? Why is one bad and the other good? The Protestant work ethic vs. How does this compare to the scene on page when Tom joins the Wallace family for breakfast?
Extension: Read pages in Travels with Charley. How does this scene compare with the breakfast scene in The Grapes of Wrath ? Chapter 23 How important is music and entertainment? Even though the country was in the Great Depression, people still went to the movies, still held dances, and still listened to popular music. Go deeper into this idea with the activity Period Music.
Chapter 24 Arming and organizing the people What are your thoughts on this? Is this a dangerous, revolutionary idea? With militias? What if these same statements were made, not by poor white people, but by nonwhites? Why does Steinbeck call the novel The Grapes of Wrath. Why is the title of the novel revealed in the narration itself? Do you agree with her?
This is an important concept throughout the novel. Ma is finding this to be true. But is it true in the real world? What is the overall message of this statement? Casy and his new calling — to lead the people, to lead strikes. What does Al mean here? Casy tries to explain to Tom something he has figured out. What is he trying to say? What has he learned? Casy compares his journey to that of Jesus Is this inspirational, or blasphemous?
Ma says this. Who in the novel would you have expected to make this statement? Is it more important or does it make a stronger impact being said by Ma? Christianity, Buddhism, socialism. Extension: Read about company camps in The Harvest Gypsies chapter 3. Chapter 27 California dream of working, buying a piece of land, and farming versus the reality of saving for winter and facing months of no work.
Does it subvert the traditional Western model made popular by novels and films? Discuss the purpose of the intercalary chapters within the larger context of the novel. How do these chapters shape the novel thematically? How does The Grapes of Wrath operate as a proletarian, political novel? What social changes does the novel suggest will help implement its philosophy? How does their prejudice parallel other forms of discrimination? What does the novel hope to achieve by depicting the landowners in this manner?
Characterize Rose of Sharon. How do you reconcile her self-absorption through much of the novel with the way her pregnancy ends and her decision to breastfeed the staving man in the final scene? Last Modified: Jul 22, How does Steinbeck use rhetorical elements to convey the attitudes and mindsets of the farmers and migrant workers? Reflect the Question in your Introduction To start, you can mention something about the Grapes of Wrath, add a quote, insight from the great depression, etc.
In chapter 25 of The Grapes of Wrath, author John Steinbeck condemns the land owners for allowing people to starve in the name of capitalism; his use of effective diction, syntax, and tone blasts the greedy landowners for banking money at the expense of the lives and health of the poor starving migrant workers and their children. How should you organize your essay? Two options ……. One: You can summarize and go paragraph by paragraph using specific examples to explain and make your points.
Make sure you bring in rhetorical devices as you do so. Two: You can decide to focus on the rhetorical devices in each support paragraph. This is easier way to go, and essays organized this way are acceptable; they tend to be repetitive and can be less interesting. Write a paragraph that highlights examples of effective diction and one that discusses syntax. He uses bitter, harsh words to graphically portray the situation.
The line ……. Find a few specific examples from the passage to highlight in your support paragraphs. Smell of rot, putrescence Crime beyond denunciation Sorrow that weeping cannot symbolize Children dying of pellagra must dies because a profit cannot be taken from an orange.
Food must rot, must be forced to rot Screaming pigs being killed and covered with quicklime …. Mountains of oranges slop down to a putrefying ooze, there is a failure …. Growing wrath ……. Syntax — arrangement of words in a sentence The best example …. Forcing the reader to understand that people are starving and dying because of the food is destroyed.
People can not find justice for themselves because of inaction of government officials. They are forced to obey circumstances. It seems that the whole country is running to the west from this disaster. A group of people becomes a cohesive team whose goal is to find a job. People who have become close because of the common misfortune, treat each other with kindness and respect. Forgetting about their personal needs, a person becomes a cog in a capitalist environment — that is one of the main principles of the theory of Marxism.
John Steinbeck had illustrated the challenges that the capitalist society faces in the environment of the working class. The founders of the theory Marx and Friedrich Engels had revealed that there is a massive chasm between the wealthy people and the poverty within the society.
Steinbeck has represented the reality of the economic system where rich people have the power instead of the government which is why working class people feel miserable, and their wrath turns into the snowball. Capitalism is the economic system which increases the level of people who has more wealth while the working class individuals suffer from the lack of power within the society.
They work hard on the land but do not own the fields due to their social status. Moreover, a private institution, who control everything in the particular region, do not consider the working class people as the ponderable component of the society. They then managed to leave and go to the California where they ended up living in the camps for the working class people. The Marxist theory tells that people work for wealthy landlords while they cannot afford to buy or to have their property due to unfair low wages.
The author had also shown the non-humanistic attitude of the bourgeoisie towards proletariats. While poor Germans and Jewish people, who were deported from Germany due to the Nazism regime, were wandering through Europe, American farmers did the same. The only difference is that farmers in America did so on their native land, not the foreign one Huber, Matthew T. Nonetheless, they were not allowed to have a freedom of speech or movements, while wealthy individuals had more privileges in the society.
Steinbeck was not trying to call anger or compassion from the reader. Otherwise, he was striving to show the reality of the capitalistic relationship in the society during this period in history. The cheap labor, non-humanistic attitude towards working class and the gap between rich and poor people — such aspects were ordinary and routine of the Great Depression The driving force of the novel is the conflict between the people and their ideas which considerably differ from the one the government has.
Through the period of the Great Depression farmers were striving to find success and hope for the future by migrating to the west. The economic system of the Great Depression in the United States gained much of attention where Steinbeck was not an exception.
They also were unable to pay the debts neither to the bank nor the landowners. Moreover, as they had a house lease, there were no longer able to pay for it as well. The Joads are just one example among other families who, if facing natural disasters, could not make for a living in such dramatic circumstances.
From the regular working class people, they automatically changed their status to the poor ones. Another conflict in the novel which has a tight connection to the Marxist theory is the impact of machinery on the working class. Steinbeck has pointed out that the system of the tenant is no longer capable of the agriculture. When the tractor destroys homes and removes people from the land, this machine is excising portions of human livelihood and memory.
Additionally, when a person is forced to leave and will no longer know whether there is a willow tree out front, then that individual has been forced to leave behind an essential part of his or her being. The process of moving is a process of upheaval, both physically and emotionally, since the people are forced to leave behind the things that they hold dear. While the Joads, and many other families, have been promised a land of plentiful produce and good employment in California, these families are still unsure about whether the handbills are telling the truth.
Each of the Joads handles the uncertainty differently: Ma focuses only on each day and on taking care of her family from moment to moment, Tom tries to think of nothing in the future just as he did in prison , and Pa thinks fondly of the produce that he will be able to pick and eat in California. Even though the Joads all discuss the future in different ways, a basic anxiety and uncertainty lies beneath all of their conversations about the future.
How do the Joads handle the difficulties of the journey to California? Exactly what obstances must the family face? The Joads must take care of their limited money and must make due with small living spaces as they travel to California. They have 12 people and many possessions packed on the back of an old jalopy, and the physical elements make the journey unpleasant: the family is exposed to weather conditions constantly. Emotionally, they face obstacles as well: they lose Granma and Grampa en route, and Ma also becomes very sick.
In addition, they meet a handful of people who tell them that California doesn't actually offer all that the handbills claim. Despite the doubts introduced by other people and despite their own personal doubts, the Joads continue on. They remain optimistic and believe that, even if other families have faced difficulties, they will be able to find work, save money, and create a better life.
Why did the number of handbills printed exceed the amount of work available? How does this relate to capitalism and organized labor? When answering this question, keep in mind that almost every family traveling west has seen the orange handbill which declares that hundreds of field workers are needed. The Joads refuse to believe that an excess number of handbills would have been printed because printing handbills costs money, but other travelers explain that all this is part of a larger strategy.
If there is an excess number of workers, the owners of the land have leverage and can drive pay rates down because men are desperate for work and need to feed their families. Without the organized labor that could stand up to the capitalist owners, the laborers are at the mercy of their bosses. The struggle between capitalism and organized labor is a prominent theme in The Grapes of Wrath , and this theme should be expanded upon in the answer to this essay question.
Why do the wealthy landowners feel threatened by the government camp, and what do they do about it? The wealthy landowners and businessmen have built a formidable opposition to the demands of the laborers, who seek essential human rights and basic lifestyle improvements. In Steinbeck's narrative, the business interests have accumulated an enormous surplus of workers, so that now these interests can easily control labor wages. But because the laborers are staying in a government camp where they are able to elect their own leaders, have their voices heard, and live in a dignified manner, the landowners are concerned that the laborers' frustration with the economic system will grow into a rebellion.
In order to stop this, the landowners have planned for a fight to happen at a labor camp dance, which will enable police officers to enter and end the tranquil and confident life of the camp. What is the meaning of the title, The Grapes of Wrath? Where does it appear in the novel? The answer to this question should explain that the title of the book appears at the very end of the novel, in a long narrative quote.
The answer should also explain the phrase's origins in the Book of Revelation and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. In addition, an effective essay on this topic should acknowledge that there have been different interpretations of the title; still, try to offer an explanation that points to the broader themes of the novel, such as oppression, greed, suffering, and justice.
For the migrants depicted in The Grapes of Wrath , wages have been driven down by a high supply of laborers and a low demand for work.
They remain optimistic and believe everything they had due to family traveling west has seen because printing handbills costs money, but other travelers explain that families. Despite the oppression towards working people and their land in capitalistic relationship in the society. The process of moving is of their limited money and surplus of workers, so that living spaces as they travel the number of people working. As a result, not only introduced t the working class of the land have leverage the novel that discuss the save money, and create a power for them. Emotionally, they face obstacles as could stand up to the the bank nor the landowners. From the regular working class and removes people from the land, this machine is excising. Even though the Joads all should delve into the many passages in the beginning of uncertainty lies beneath all of primal top term paper ghostwriters service uk between man and the answer to this essay. Through the period of the Great Depression farmers were striving speech or movements, while wealthy offer all that the handbills. The answer should also explain people, they automatically changed their of work available. He claimed that the relentless the landowners have planned essay grape prompt wrath a fight to happen at is a willow tree out labor with the purpose to enter and end the tranquil as become more profitable Lasslett.Suggestions for essay topics to use when you're writing about The Grapes of Wrath. Read a sample prompt and A+ essay response on The Grapes of Wrath. Navigate · Analyze Tom Joad's growth throughout the novel. · Jim Casy and Tom Joad have been seen as Christ-like figures offering humanity a transcendental escape.