One would say that on a literal level The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is about the Joad family’s journey to California during The Dust Bowl. However, it is also about the unity of a family and the concept of birth and death, both literal and abstract. Along with this, the idea of a family unit is explored through these births and deaths. As can be seen in The Grapes of Wrath, the
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baby. “She looked up and across the barn, and her lips came together and smiled mysteriously” (619).
In conclusion, The Grapes of Wrath may appear, on surface level, to be a novel about an Oklahoma family’s trip to California during the Dust Bowl. Instead, when looked at more deeply, The Grapes of Wrath is found to be a story about the circle of life and the way that a family stays together through this cycle.