The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath book cover
Start Your Free Trial

I am writing a journal about the value of "family unity" for Ma Joad in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath; please recommend some helpful resources concerning family life or the values Americans...

I am writing a journal about the value of "family unity" for Ma Joad in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath; please recommend some helpful resources concerning family life or the values Americans held during the Great Depression.

 

Expert Answers info

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write4,539 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, is considered one of the great American novels because it reflects a real time in American history and puts a face to the plight of millions of displaced families during the Great Depression. 

Ma Joad , of course, desperately wants her multi-generational family to remain intact as they are forced to leave their home; unfortunately, she is forced to watch it disintegrate over the course of the novel. She does what she must, sometimes crossing the...

(The entire section contains 260 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial