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Symbolism In American Novels When looked up in the dictionary it states that symbolism is the art of relating something concrete that represents or suggests another thing that cannot in it self be represented or visualized Authors use symbolism as a way of inserting special hidden message that would otherwise not be known Different authors use symbolism in different ways from animals and nature in the story Steinbeck colors Fitzgerald or more of a radical symbolism used to describe racism Lee In The Grapes of Wrath a novel by John Steinbeck uses symbolism to give the reader more information without actually writing it There are several uses of symbols in the novel from the turtle at the beginning to the rain at the end As each symbol is presented through the novel they show examples of the good and the bad things that exist within the novel The opening chapter paints a vivid picture of the situation facing the drought-stricken farmers of Oklahoma Dust is described a covering everything smothering the life out of anything that wants to grow The dust is symbolic of the erosion of the lives of the people The dust is synonymous with deadness The land is a ruined way of life the farming is gone people uprooted and forced to leave Secondly the dust stands for profiteering banks in the background that squeeze the life out of the land by forcing the people off the land The soil the people farmers have been drained of life and are exploited The last rain fell on the red and gray country of Oklahoma in early May The weeds became a dark green to protect themselves from the suns unyielding rays The wind grew stronger uprooting the weakened corn and the air became so filled with dust that the stars were not visible at nightSteinbeck 2 As the chapter continues a
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