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The Portrayal of Women in John Steinbecks Novel The Grapes of Wrath Thesis The main task of this paper is to examine the Portrayal of Women and their roles in the family in John Steinbecks Novel The Grapes of Wrath Outline I Introduction II The Joad women ARose of Sharon BMa III Portrayal of the ideal woman ASelf-sacrifice and endurance BNarrative techniques CReversal of leadership roles IV Biological determination AEcological cycle BMother earth CThe final image V Conclusion Notes Bibliography Abstract In Steinbecks novel The Grapes of Wrath Ma Joad and Rose of Sharon graphically portray the theme of women as self-sacrificing and nurturing mothers in the migrant family during the great depression Throughout the story Ma is a model of the ideal woman She is the foundation upon which the rest of the family stands Her endurance gives her the power rise above adversity and to be the leader that she is Mas endurance is what allows the family to hold up as long as they do Rose of Sharon on the other hand shows the sacrifice the Joads and the rest of the Okies have to endure The main task of this paper is to examine the role of women in this novel In the first part it states the background information of The Grapes of Wrath the theme of this paper In the second part the paper examines the role of women in the novel which dwells on the characterisation of the Joad women the development of Rose of Sharson and the ideal female character - Ma Joad- a hardworking and an enduring mother And then in the third part by examining the self- sacrifice and endurance of the Joad women looking at a few examples of narrative techniques and pointing out the reversal of the leadership roles the paper illustrates the portrayal of the ideal woman and shows how the reader
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