The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath book cover
Start Your Free Trial

In the "Grapes of Wrath" what does Ma's burning of the old stationary box illustrate?

In the "Grapes of Wrath" what does Ma's burning of the old stationary box illustrate?

Expert Answers info

luannw eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2004

write1,060 answers

starTop subjects are Literature and Math

In chapter 9, one of the interchapters, the narration asks: "  How can we live without our lives?  How will we know it's us without our past? No. Leave it. Burn it."  Then in the next chapter, before the family sets off on the trip to California, Ma goes through things one last time and goes through the old box of stationery that also held some possessions such as clippings, photos, earrings, etc.  She lovingly went through the box, choosing just a few tiny items,...

(The entire section contains 254 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial