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The Grapes of Wrath: Colors and Imagery

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kaitee horstmann

on 28 April 2014

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Transcript of The Grapes of Wrath: Colors and Imagery

pg. 1 "The last rains lifted the corn quickly and scattered weed colonies and grass along the sides of the roads so that the gray country and the dark red country began to disappear under a green cover."

- This quote, from the very first page really sets the tone of the book, giving it a dark and depressing feeling. It describes the gray country and the red country "disappearing" and maybe this means that the dust has made it all one.
In the Beginning

pg. 27 "The corn field ended and dark green cotton took its place....."

- As Casy and Tom are walking down the road this is what they see. The corn is failing because of the dust, but the cotton is luscious and green. This could mean that the cotton keeps the land useful, though the land will be destroyed by it.

pg. 91 (Ma Joad) "...But I like to think how nice it's gonna be, maybe, in California. Never cold. An' fruit ever'place, an' people just bein' in the nicest places, little white houses in among the orange trees."

-The white houses might represent new and pure beginnings for the families that go to California. The orange trees make it seem like a paradise.

pg.99 " The front of the grey, paintless house, facing the west , was luminous as the moon is."
- The grey house shows the abandonment of the houses and the country itself in comparison to the lifelessness of the moon.
pg. 193
- The families being depicted as bugs makes them seems like a faceless uniform group. Seen to have little worth to the employers in California and relying on each other
Times of the Day
pg. 3 "In the morning the dust hung like fog, and the sun was as red as ripe new blood"
pg. 26 "The yellowing, dusty, afternoon light put a golden color on the land."
pg. 95 "The sun was setting when the truck came back, and the earth was bloody in its setting light."

-Our group noticed this throughout the book. There are different colors for different times of the day. The morning is grey, which could represent the uncertainty of the day ahead. Then there is red in this quote from pg. 3 for the sunrise. Then the afternoon is yellow or golden under the hot sun on pg. 26. This emphasizes the scorching heat and the dust. And night is pitch black and the stars can't get through the dust, which could mean that the people have no hope for tomorrow and the light has been taken out of their lives.

Kaitee Horstmann, Che White, Alicia Butterfield
The Grapes of Wrath:

Colors and Imagery

Colors and Imagery
- The use of descriptive words that appeal to the senses and emotions of the reader
"When the night came again it was black night, for the stars could not pierce the dust to get down, and the window lights could not even spread beyond their own yards" pge. 3
Beginning to Middle
p. 40 Tom and Casy arrive at the Joad house
pg. 282-283
- People native to the West are starting to resent those that have migrated. They're trying to de-value the migrants as one would do to the enemy during war time. Making the displaced Americans into something they are not
pg. 348-349
- Owners are allowing the food to rot and kill of livestock since they can't make a profit from it. The poor are kept from the discarded food, they throw potatoes in the river and guard it and spray kerosene on the oranges. People are dying of starvation because the forced was forced to rot
pg. 419
- Tom is talking about how he'll be a leader for all those displaced by the dust bowl
- The rain began to flood everything and made the entire situation even more depressing, if you didn't leave while you could you were basically trapped in an area with no relief in sight. Winter was near and winter is equivalent to death
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