Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Grapes Of Wrath ' Essay

858 Words Apr 19th, 2016 4 Pages
From the hunting and gathering era of our evolutionary predecessors to today 's, women are placed in this bubble of expectation. Expectations which don’t prohibit, but restrain these society members from taking an active role within the community or home. However, John Steinbeck tests these societal restraints in Grapes of Wrath. When the Joad family migrates from the dust bowl plagued land of Oklahoma to the promising California, the women provide stability for their deteriorating family; they never loss sight on what is important and are able to discover success through defeat. Throughout the move to California, the family slowly begins to break apart mentally, setting up for a falling apart. However, the women of the family stay salute and unbreakable. Among the women, Ma take an especially active role when it comes to maintaining close family ties. She dictates the actions of the family in order to ensure the family doesn 't separate and by doing so, she establishes herself as the dominant figure within the family. The Joad family were looking for answers and Steinbeck wrote, “Ma looked to Tom to speak, because he was a man, but Tom did not speak. She let him have the chance that was his right, and then she said, "Why, we 'd be proud to have you. ‘Course I can 't say right now; Pa says all the men 'll talk tonight” (Steinbeck 62). With the men of the family lost, Ma is forced to step up. If Ma had not identified herself as a leader, the family would no longer…

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