The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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What are five references to the sun and dust in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath?  

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The whole of the first chapter is one of Steinbeck's intercalary chapters that describes the great dust storm of 1934. So, naturally, the word "dust" dominates the chapter.  Some of the most important quotes:

  • "In the roads where the teams moved, where the wheels milled the ground and the hooves of the horses beat the ground, the dirt crust broke and the dust formed. Every moving thing lifted the dust into the air: a walking man lifted a thin layer as high as his waist, and a wagon lifted the dust as high as the fence tops, and an automobile boiled a cloud behind it. The dust was long in settling back again."

In this first quote, Steinbeck describes how the drought hit the Plains states and how the dust began to form in the farming countryside.  The imagery here shows the reader just how enveloping that dust could be with just the slightest movement.

  • "A gentle wind followed the rain clouds, driving them on northward, a wind that softly clashed the drying corn. A day went by and the wind...

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