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by John Steinbeck

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I need to write an essay on the main themes of the Grapes of Wrath. What would be a good topic sentence and thesis statement for my introduction? What point am I trying to prove?

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I would think that a thesis statement for The Grapes of Wrath would need to include something about the need for workers to unite and work together to achieve better wages and working conditions. The book moves relentlessly in that direction, as the Joads travel to California and try to make their way in a hostile environment that is dominated by rich landowners.

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You may wish to read the enotes page on themes.  One of the stated themes is that of social commitment.  Another theme, that of exploitation of the common people by the distant wealthy who own the millions of acres of land in California and the banks is greatly expanded with the intercalary chapters.  So, perhaps you could demonstrate how these chapters further a theme.

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It depends a lot on what theme you want to focus on. Let us remember that Steinbeck wrote this novel to partly comment upon the way that man...

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I want to focus my essay on the journey, so what themes go into that subject?