Theme Of Self-Dignity In The Grapes Of Wrath By Ernest Gaines

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Furthermore, two prominent themes Gaines implement throughout the story are self-respect and self- dignity. Because the story is in first person point of view, readers are expose to simple emotions, as James is too young to fully understand all the concepts Octavia is attempting to teach him. During the walk in the tempestuous weather James becomes hungry and cold. Entering the café specifically for colored people, James warms up by the heater and feels concern that his mother will spend money. Octavia approaches the counter to purchase food for James. Even though its not mention, Octavia whispers to James, “got to pay them something for they heat” (11). He does not realize an exchange must be given for using the heater. In the final encounter,
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