The Grapes of Wrath Themes (John Steinbeck)

John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath Themes

The Grapes of Wrath key themes:

  • In The Grapes of Wrath, the Joads continue to express hope for the future despite the hardship they encounter.

  • Class conflict between the agrarian migrants and business interests leads to tensions in California and within the Joad family.

  • The novel condemns religious fanaticism and the fear and distrust that led to the tragic events in 1930s California.

  • The Joads learn to transcend their own individual interests to see themselves as part of larger groups.

  • Social commitment is developed through Jim Casy’s self-sacrifice and Tom’s identification with the people.


(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

The overriding theme of The Grapes of Wrath is the story of man's inhumanity to man. The sympathetic Joad family are repeatedly beaten...

(The entire section is 296 words.)


(Novels for Students)

The Joads experience many hardships, deprivations, and deaths, and at the end of the novel are barely surviving....

(The entire section is 1483 words.)