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The Grapes of Wrath- Chapter 5

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Peyton Grubb

on 4 April 2014

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Transcript of The Grapes of Wrath- Chapter 5

The Grapes of Wrath
Chapter Five Lesson: Main Objective
How does Steinbeck use rhetorical and literary devices to provide social commentary in reference to historical events, to foreshadow, and to illustrate the universality of the Joad family's experience?
Steinbeck uses intense imagery to better portray the circumstances that the Oklahoma farmers would have been faced with.
Steinbeck uses rhetorical and literary devices such as metaphors, imagery, and irony to reveal the conflicts of interest between urban and rural societies
Examples of Metaphors in Chapter 5:
1. Tractors= Insects
2. Humans= Robots
3. The Bank= The Monster

Steinbeck uses the metaphors to compare man and man-made items to degrading objects to demonstrate the heartlessness and lack of sympathy that was present between the banks and the people living on the farms.
Ex: pg. 35, second paragraph

Examples of Irony in Chapter 5:
1. On page 32, Steinbeck relates the fluctuating prices of cotton to the economic toil of war. This is ironic because cotton represents growth and life while war represents death and destruction.
Steinbeck uses irony to add literary depth to the novel and to compare and contrast the desires of the farmers and big businesses.
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