The Grapes Of Wrath Quotes (32 quotes)
Grapes of Wrath - I'll Be There Speech (Tom Joad)
Grapes of Wrath Quotes
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Steinbeck's Epic Social Commentary on The Great Depression
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Once over the line maybe you can pick cotton in the fall. Maybe you can go on relief. Why don't you go on west to California? There's work there, and it never gets cold. Why, you can reach out anywhere and pick an orange. Why there's always some kind of crop to work in. Why don't you go there?
Set during the Great Depression , the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl , the Joads set out for California along with thousands of other " Okies " seeking jobs, land, dignity, and a future. The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes due to its historical context and enduring legacy. The narrative begins just after Tom Joad is paroled from McAlester prison , where he had been imprisoned after being convicted of homicide. While hitchhiking to his home near Sallisaw, Oklahoma , Tom meets former preacher Jim Casy, whom he remembers from his childhood, and the two travel together.