The Grapes Of Wrath Rhetorical Analysis

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In the third chapter of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, the author uses diction, symbolism, and imagery to foreshadow the Joad’s family journey to California through the connection with the turtle’s minutest movement. The turtle’s every movement portrays several circumstances that the Joad’s family have to overcome, in order to reach their goal to find reasonable jobs. Both the turtle and Joad’s family is traveling towards the southwest with different levels of obstacles waiting ahead of their journey, thus will provide discomfort with the lack of speed they have to succeed each and every problem. Also we can infer that the Joad’s family is moving really slowly and cautiously, because turtles are meant to be slow on land. So the author uses numerous rhetorical devices to correspond with the endurance of the turtle and the Joad’s family. Both the turtle and…show more content…
There is people in the world where they will reach out and provide necessary help for others such as “A sedan driven by a forty-year-old woman [approaches]...[sees] the turtle and [swings] to the right, off the highway, the wheels [screams] and a cloud of dust boiled up” (87). This woman represents the helpful person that encounters with the Joad’s family and help them dodge the obstacle. The woman also foreshadows the encounter with the person that will impact the Joad’s journey. On the other hand, jealous people will drag other successful people down with them using “His front wheel [striking] the edge of the shell [flips] the turtle like a tiddly-wink, [spins] it like a coin, and [rolls] it off the highway” (87). During the process of finding jobs, there will always be a surprise and those sudden changes may make the Joad’s family miserable and depressed. However, the Joad’s family have to overcome this last challenge in order to reach their destination and
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