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The tone set forth in The Grapes of Wrath was a quiet sad tone from the start based on Steinbecks description in the very first sentence of the book To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma the last rains came gently and they did not cut the scarred earth Another tone portrayed early on was anger by sellers and businessmen Spend all their time looking Dont want to buy no cars take up your time Dont give a damn about your time Steinbeck achieved the poor sad tone as one of his main objectives from the very beginning He conquered it through his writing style Every other chapter he set a tone a mood a sense of being and what the time was like by taking the reader away from the Joad family and painting a picture through a specific subject but through random description Steinbeck often used short sentences fragments as a matter-of-fact but he used them craftily and well to where they made sense He used this to cause a tone of desperation If hell take twenty-five Ill do it for twenty No me Im hungry Ill work for fifteen Ill work for food The kids You ought to see them Steinbeck is a sure fan of figurative language his books wouldnt be as great with out them In The Grapes of Wrath there are several examples of such figurative language Here are a few examples of such language 1 Steinbeck compares a willow tree its load of leaves tattered and scraggly as a molting chicken 2 He described a man driving a tractor as a robot in the seat 3 Then later Ill pot you like a rabbit 4 When speaking of the condition of Tom Joads house he came up with this crushed like a bug 5 Around a campfire Tom and his companions spoke of Grandpas statement about a
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