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What are the syntax strategies used in Chapter 29 of The Grapes of Wrath?

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Chapter 29 of The Grapes of Wrath is an "inner" chapter and, therefore, short and lyrical in style.  It is also a Biblical-styled chapter, as it depicts the Great Flood that is used as counterpoint to the Dust Bowl chapters earlier.  Steinbeck makes use of pathetic fallacy (weather to depict emotional tone) as the apocalyptic weather is a kind of purgation--an excessive baptism that brings death across the land.

The chapter begins with much personification:

"...the gray clouds marched in from the ocean."

"...the wind...roared in the forests."

"the dry earth sucked the moisture down..."

"the steady rain whipped the shining water."

"the earth whispered under the beat of rain..."

Steinbeck's syntax is very much like...

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