The Grapes of Wrath Setting & Symbolism

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The Bank

The banks that own much of the land evict many of the farmers who are then forced to migrate. The banks become an entity outside of man’s control and they are referred to collectively as the Monster.

The Truck

Early on, Al buys and fixes an old jalopy for the family. They carry all of their belongings and their entire family across the country to California in this overloaded truck.

Hoovervilles

Hoovervilles are camps for the homeless migrant workers. The Joads stay in these camps several times. They are filthy, squalid places. Deputies repeatedly burn down Hoovervilles, supposedly in response to “red” (socialist) agitators.

California

California seems to be a Promised Land full of work and beautiful country. The reality is much harsher, and the Joads struggle to survive when they finally arrive.

The Weedpatch Camp

The Weedpatch Camp is a government camp in which...

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