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The Grapes of Wrath - Joads Journey- Through out history man has made many journeys far and wide Mosess great march through the Red Sea and Columbuss transversing the Atlantic are only but a few of mans great voyages Even today great journeys are being made Terry Foxs run across Canada while having cancer is one of these such journeys In every one of these instances people have had to rise above themselves and over come emence odds similar to a salmon swimming up stream to fullfill its life line Intense drive and extreme fortitude are qualities they had to possess during their travels In The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck shows the Joads endurance by his use of extended metaphors in intercalary chapters Steinbeck uses intercalary chapters to provide background for the various themes in the novel This effectively forshadows upcoming events by telling of the general state of the local population in the intercalary chapters and then narrowing it down to how it effects the main characters of the novel the Joads Setting the tone of the novel in the readers mind is another function of Steinbecks intercalary chapters In chapter three Steinbeck emaculatly describes the long tedious journey of a land turtle across a desolate highway From the onset of his journey the turtle encounters many set backs All along the way he is hindered by ants hills and oak seeds under his shell The turtles determination to reach his destination is most apparent when a truck driven by a young man swerves to hit the turtle The turtles shell was clipped and he went flying off the highway but stop the turtle did not He struggled back to his belly and kept driving toward his goal just as the
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