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Elizabeth Hickert Hickert 1The Significance in The Appellation of The Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath justifies its title within the tale This novel is the description of a migrant farming family during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression of the 1930s It is the all too typical event of a farm repossession ultimately leading to the need for the family to leave The Joads our main characters are the people through which the story is conveyed They have been fed false hopes toward the Promised Land of California convincing them to make the journey even further west than their Oklahoma home The Grapes of Wrath is the description of this pilgrimage and the snags they face along the way The Joads become extremely impoverished and destitute and the only hope for survival is the hold they have to each other The book also includes many alternating intercalary chapters to make the hardships seem more generic These chapters generally describe life for migrant farmers and midwesterners of this time period The title The Grapes of Wrath holds high significance in the actual telling of the story It is representative of the ideals that these people held and the ultimate realization of their prevarication Grapes in this novel are very metaphorical When the Joad family originally decides to make the long journey to California Grampa sets a significant scene Know what Im a-gonna do Im gonna pick me a wash tub full of grapes an Im gonna set in em and scrooge aroun an let the juice run down my pants 119 He describes what he will do when he gets there which involves grapes His description of this act is jovial and demonstrates the Promised Land aspect of California This is when the family is full of hope and grapes are the symbol for their new and better life Grapes being a fruit which is traditionally stately represents rebirth
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