The Grapes of Wrath | Critical Essay by David N. Cassuto

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of The Grapes of Wrath.
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Critical Essay by David N. Cassuto

SOURCE: Cassuto, David N. “Turning Wine into Water: Water as Privileged Signifier in The Grapes of Wrath.” In Steinbeck and the Environment: Interdisciplinary Approaches, edited by Susan F. Beegel, Susan Shillinglaw, and Wesley N. Tiffney Jr., pp. 55-75. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1997.

In the following essay, Cassuto argues that the farmers' move from east to west—and the ultimate failure of this move—in The Grapes of Wrath is an “indictment” of the American myths of the garden and the frontier as places of refuge and unlimited potential, and that these myths surrounding the American West have historically created ecological disaster.

Eastward I go only by force; but westward I go free.

—Henry David Thoreau

The Old Testament describes wilderness as “a thirsty ground...

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This section contains 7,954 words
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