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In John Steinbecks novel The Grapes of Wrath the lives of small hold farmers are shown to be uprooted not only by the forces of nature as well as the forces of progress One feels sympathy for the plight of farmers locked in a battle against a drought and an even more terrible monster the bank At the same time one feels admiration for the stoicism which hallmarks these bleak lives Both sympathy and admiration are developed in the novel through Steinbecks use of intercalary chapters his use of language and his depiction of nature Through intercalary chapters of the novel ones views or perspectives are broadened creating sympathy and admiration for not only one family but all families in general The novel begins with an intercalary chapter outlining the reasons for the need to migrate It is the events of the great dust bowl that cause Men and women to huddle in their houses and tie handkerchiefs over their noses when they go out and wear goggles to protect their eyesSteinbeck 5 One may also feel the perturbation while The children stood near by drawing figures in the dust with bare toes and the children sent exploring senses out to see whether men and women would break6 Not until the men lost their bemused perplexity and became hard and angry and resistant6 was it safe to assume there was no break6 In these instances the reader is shown the weaker moments of the families playing on our sympathies Intercalary chapters may also act as a metaphor for things to come such as the turtle signifying the difficult future for the migrating families The turtle inspires admiration through its determination and will In the instance when the turtle is overturned by a light truck22 it does not give up but instead looks for an aid to help it right itself The turtle does not pause rather it continues on its way maintaining focus on
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