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The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was written in 1939 It is astory set during the Great Depression about a family of sharecroppers beingforced to move west in hopes of finding work The novel contains manyexamples of symbolisms referring to the Joad familys vision of the westand the wrath they face getting there Of the vast examples of symbolismcontained in the book the title perhaps is the most important Mentionedin the title are grapes and wrath both explaining the situation withthe Joad family as well as the other families moving west The titleitself is a major phrase in describing the situation for all familieslooking for work during the depression Now there are two topicsconcerning the title the reason Steinbeck choose the title and itsrelation to the expectations and the experiences of the trip for the Joadfamily To begin with John Steinbeck simply chose the title for his novel atthe suggestion of his wife Carol Steinbeck John Steinbeck came up withmany titles before his wife suggested The Grapes of Wrath but asSteinbeck heard it it was more suitable than any of the other titles thatSteinbeck uncovered from his mind The title is an allusion to the passageof Revelation 141920 in the Christian Bible as well as lyrics to thesong The Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe The song in turnwas actually a reference to the Biblical passage During the last fewchapters of the novel the phrase was actually referenced when the wine inthe vineyard was ruined in order to raise prices on such The phrase usedfor the title is suitable for the novel because it is a metaphor for all ofthe events that occur during the story From the
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