The Grapes of Wrath

by

John Steinbeck

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The Grapes of Wrath Symbols

Animals

Animals often embody the same important character traits that are valued in humans, and people’s treatment of animals is often used to illustrate human capacity for both kindness and arbitrary cruelty. For example, the intrepid… (read full symbol analysis)

The Stillborn Baby

Rose of Sharon’s stillborn baby is a literal representation of the inhumane conditions that the migrant laborers must endure. The failed pregnancy symbolizes the impossibility of cultivating life in the toxic environment of hostility, prejudice… (read full symbol analysis)