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The Turtle Chapter

Presentation on the third chapter of the novel "Grapes of Wrath".

Megan McCleskey

on 18 February 2013

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Transcript of The Turtle Chapter

Chapter 3 Through even more vivid detail, he describes the struggle of the tortoise to get onto the road and across. "The concrete highway was edged with a mat of tangled, broken, dry grass, and the grass heads were heavy with oat beards to catch on a dog's coat...sleeping life waiting to be spread and dispersed...each possessed of the anlage of movement." "A red ant ran into the shell, into the soft skin inside the shell, and suddenly head and legs snapped in, and the armored tail clamped in sideways. The red ant was crushed between body and legs." 1st step Finished 2nd step Last step Start The chapter begins with a vivid description of the setting on the side of a desolate highway. Steinbeck tells of a small tortoise that attempts to cross the highway. As it is crossing, a woman driving swerves to avoid hitting the tortoise. Later, a man in a truck intentionally steers to hit the turtle knocking it back to its initial position. Despite its futile attempt, the tortoise persists and continues moving forward. General movement of the American People -> seeds dispersed
"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
-Unbiased spectator
-Turtle- Joad family and endeavors Detail
-Focuses on the external influences such as the road and the surrounding environment
-Turtle and its journey
Connotative Language
-"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
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