"Women as self-sacrificing and nurturing mothers in The Grapes Of Wrath" is about the portrayal of women in John Steinbeck's novel

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Table of contents 1.Introduction 2.The Joad women 2.1Rose of Sharon 2.2Ma 3.Portrayal of the ideal woman 3.1 Self-sacrifice and endurance 3.2Narrative techniques 3.3Reversal of leadership roles 4.Biological determination 4.1Ecological cycle 4.2Mother earth 4.3The final image 5.Critical reception of the women-figures 6.Concluding remarks References 1. Introduction The Dust Bowl that forced thousands of Americans into migration and the national economic depression of the thirties prompted John Steinbeck to write Grapes of Wrath, the famous novel about the Joad …

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