Grapes Of Wrath Annotations
[page 1] rivulet- a small stream
[page 2] cunningly- skillful; expert
[page 3] perplexity- the state of confusion
[page 6] hobnailed- rustic
[page 6] cowl- the forward part of the body of a motor vehicle supporting the rear of the
hood and the windshield
[page 29] shoat- a young, weaned pig.
[page 65] jalopies- an old automobile
[page 179] whang- to strike with a resounding blow.
[page 282] agrarian- rural
[page 325] regiments- a large group of people
[page 407] boll- a rounded vessel or pod of a plant
[page 432] crags- a steep rugged mass of rock
Chapter 10 reminded me of the prodigals’ son in the Bible. Tommy didn’t think that his
family would be happy to see him, but they all ran out and greeted him and were really
happy. This was the same as in the Bible because the father greeted his son very happily
when he didn’t think he would.
[Page 107] (And her hands were crusted with salt, pink with fluid from the fresh pork.
“It’s women’s work,” she said finally.) This is just like the stereotypical “male” and
“female” roles that have existed all through times. It’s always the men do the hard labor,
the women stay and cook and clean and take care of the children.
[Page 109] (little white house with oranges growing around) It seems like this is what
everybody wants. Even today, everybody strives for what they think would be the
[page 9] simile- “as rhythmically, as thoughtfully, as a cow”
[page 11] personification- “the big tires sang a high note on the pavement”
[page 68] simile- “screwy as a gopher”
[page 318] foreshadowing- Pa said, “I ain’t got no hunch we’ll find work. Guess we got
to look, though. We don’t even know where-at to look.”
[page 350] “We been a-lookin, Ma. Been walkin’ out sence we can’t use the gas no more.
Been goin’ in ever’ gate, walkin’ up to ever’ house, even when we knowed they wasn’t
gonna be nothin’”- Tommy.
(They kept searching for jobs, so they could achieve this “American dream” that each of
them had. But they pretty much knew they wouldn’t find anything)
“We're Joads. We don't look up to nobody. Grampa's grampa, he fit in the Revolution.
We was farm people till the debt. And then—them people. They done somepin to us.
Ever' time they come seemed like they was a-whippin' me—all of us”
(This hard time in their country is changing them, and they are becoming less of a
[Page 393] “They was the time when we was on the lan’. They was a boundary to us
then. Ol’ folks died off, an’ little fellas come, an’ we was always one thing- we was the
fambly- kinda whole and clear. An’ now we ain’t clear no more.”- Ma
(They used to be one. They were a family. But then when things got bad, they went
searching for what they thought would be better, but things only got worse. They were no
longer a family.)
Chapters 1 through 5 speak mainly of the scene of the book and how it’s during the Great
Depression. It tells about what people were going through at this time. It also tells the
back ground of Tommy Joad, and what he’s been through in his life.
Chapters 6 through 10 tell about when Tommy meets Jim Casy and their journey back to
the Joad household. These chapters give more insight on how the country is running at
Chapters 11 through 25 tell mainly of the Joad family traveling across the country to try
and find a better life in California. They also tell of the hardships that the family faced,
and the relationships they made with people along the way.
Chapter 26 until the end shows that even though the Joad family got to California, they
still had the same hardships there, and they may never be happy like they were hoping to
[Page 91] “You can’t go thinkin’ when you’re gonna be out. You’d go nuts. You got to
think about that day, an’ the nex’ day, about the ball game Sat’day.”
(Although Tommy is speaking of prison here, I think this also applies to life in general.
You can not always be dwelling on when your life will end, you have to look at the day
that you have been given, and cherish it.)
[Page 107] And he hands were crusted with salt, pink with fluid from the fresh pork.
“It’s women’s work,” she said finally.
(The cooking and cleaning have always been stereotypical all through the centuries of
[Page 376] He took ten cents from his pocket and rang it up in the cash register.
(The man at this store had quite a bit of heart, and he was a better person then most
people in this situation would have been.)