Representation Of Nature And Economy In The Grapes Of Wrath

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Representation of nature and economy in the novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in 1920, his upbringing in a fertile agriculture valley (25 miles away from pacific coast served as setting for some of his best fiction. The Journals of Grapes of Wrath is said to be his later work published (1989). At the beginning of the chapter one narrator gives a picture of Oklahoma as the red country on one part and on other gray referring red to the western part of the country which has very red soil due to its high iron content and gray derived from the green gray sediment which is on northeast Oklahoma due to verdigris River. Narrator familiarizes the reader at the beginning with Oklahoma country as; in the last part of May, the sky grew pale and clouds were dissipated, weeds grew darkness, the surface of the earth crusted, a thin hard crust and the sky became pale, so the earth turned pale, pink in the red county and white in the red country only moving dust can be found into the air and in the month of June rain dropped a little splattering and hurried to some other place, nights and days went, only an emulsion of dust and air can be seen, houses were shut tight still dust entered the houses thinly like ‘settled pollen on chair’, tables and dishes day after day the sun was ‘as red as ripe new blood’ the dust covered the earth like a blanket women and children knew that no misfortune will be two great to bear if their men were whole. The metaphors

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