I'm suppose to write a character analysis essay on Rose of Sharon. I don't recall quotes that show how she changed in the book.I remember how she was really wrapped up on her self and having her...

I'm suppose to write a character analysis essay on Rose of Sharon. I don't recall quotes that show how she changed in the book.

I remember how she was really wrapped up on her self and having her baby with Connie. But does anyone know exact quotes that show how she was naive, or any quote that proves how she has changed throughout the book.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that when we are looking at how Rose of Sharon changed, the ending is where we have to start.  In feeding the man in the barn with her own breastmilk, she has become the maternal figure from being one that was obsessed with self.  Steinbeck ends with this vision as being something that transcends economic condition or individual temperament and creates the understanding of universal brotherhood and collective identity as being critical.  I think that you would probably be well set to focus on how Rose of Sharon becomes the universal maternal figure when Ma Joad reaches the end of her days, almost as if the torch of maternity has been handed from one to the other.  This moment would be something that I suggest proves or demonstrates her change throughout the book.  When Rose understands Ma's look of what has to be done in the railroad car, it is the pinnacle moment that shows Rose's growth and change.  Despite Connie's broken promises, and the death of her own child, she looks down at a man, dying of hunger, and bares her breast to say, "You got to" and feeds him.  This is a statement that Rose has transcended herself and believes in the reality that life will continue if people allow it to.

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