The Grapes of Wrath

1. “The dawn came, but no day. In the gray sky a red sun appeared, a dim red circle that gave a little light, like dusk; and as that day advanced, the dusk slipped back toward darkness, and the wind cried and whimpered over the fallen corn.”

Here Steinbeck uses a poetic device called personification- the wind “cried.” What is the effect of this?

2. “The women studied the men’s faces secretly, for the corn could go, as long as something else remained. The children stood near by, drawing figures in the dust with bare toes, and the children sent exploring senses out to see whether men and women would break.”

What does this passage say about men/women/humans/disaster? Interpret the passage- what is the deeper meaning?





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