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The Grapes of Wrath The Purpose of the Interchapters Initially I found the interchapters to be annoying interruptions to the story It was only when I realized the point in having the interchapters that I understood that not only did they not interrupt the story but they added to it tremendously The interchapters provide indirect comments or general situations which suggest something about the personal tragedies of the main characters These comments and situations help give the reader an understanding of what the characters are going through by either showing metaphorically their present or future triumphs and struggles or explaining the history of the period that they lived in Chapter three is an interchapter It describes a concrete highway that a land turtle struggled to cross The turtle was finally almost there when it was hit by a truck and its shell was chipped and it was thrown on its back The turtle had to struggle even hard but it did get going again This chapter represented the continual struggle of that the Joads would have to face throughout the entire story Throughout the novel the Joads meet many hardships They are forced to leave their home lose family members such as the grandparents and Noah work for low wages and suffer from hunger floods and cruel prejudices in California But just as the turtle refused to be swayed from his purpose so will the Joads Chapter five is an interchapter that discusses a tractors hired by banks or a corporations that would come to the land and plow through it destroying everything in its path The chapter is an abstract conflict between the tenant farmer and the banks and shows the pain of a tenant farmer upon leaving the land that was settled by their grandfather The tenant farmer was so upset that he threatened to shoot the driver Another chapter describes a tenant
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