The Grapes of Wrath Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Discuss the narrative style of The Grapes of Wrath. From what narrative point of view is the novel related? How does the author indicate shifts in this narrative perspective? How do you think the novel would differ if it were related in a different narrative style?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the character of Tom Joad in the novel. When and where is Tom introduced? What are his circumstances in the beginning of the novel? How do those circumstances change? How would you describe Tom's character arc?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the character of Jim Casy in the novel. Why did Casy stop preaching? Where does he first encounter Tom? Why does Casy go west along with the Joads?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the different settings of roadside diners and restaurants that frequently arise in the novel. Why does the author make these interludes? What characters...

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