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The Turtle Chapter
Transcript of The Turtle Chapter
"sleeping life" -> a false feeling of living the American Dream & lack of initiative to find it
blind to future obstacles in reaching the goal
struggles before starting reaching for the goal
red ant -> Tom's parole
head of wild oats -> hinderance -> misunderstood ties to the land
woman in sedan -> bystanders; Sue- had opportunity to interfere but did not
truck driver -> bank and landowners -> attempted to exploit Joads/others/turtle but kept moving forward
spinning -> disoriented after hardship
keep on going despite hardship Characterization
-"fierce humorous"/"frowning humorous eye"
-Journey is eroding their confidence
-With perserverance, one has the means to move forward from setbacks.
-The turtle crossing the road meets vicissitudes of unjust people and conditions.
Point of View
-Turtle- Joad family and endeavors Detail
-Focuses on the external influences such as the road and the surrounding environment
-Turtle and its journey
-"fierce humorous eyes"
-"old humorous frowning"
-"straining like elephant legs"
-Long, descriptive, and complex sentences
-The turtle gives future insight to the trials the Joads must endure on their venture. "His front wheel struck the edge of the shell, flipped the turtle like a tiddly-wink, spun it like a coin, and rolled it off the highway. The truck went back to its course along the right side." Literary Elements Stylistic Aspects