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The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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In the novel, The Grapes Of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, gender and stereotype role is present most of the time in this story. My thesis statement is Men act like Women and Women act like Men. The narrator of The Grapes of Wrath shows general portraits of life in a clear picture of the roles of men and women. The men consider the losses, while the women look on silently, reading their husband's expressions. Men make decisions, and women tend to the house chores. Men slaughter and hunt, while women prepare and cook.
The novel gives the understanding of women and men in 1930s America. Steinbeck writes “The women knew it was all right, and the watching children knew it was all right. Women and children knew deep in themselves that no misfortune was too great to bear if their men were whole“(1.10). This quote is detailing that as long as their men are great, the families greatly. Also, Women do not do any thinking. They keep the details of life going. Because women weren’t considered equal to a male so their thoughts were irrelevant. Men are in charge of thinking and figuring things out because they are considered the overseer of the family.
The power of women in this book is described for as holding families together. When times get rough women are the foundation of the family and help keep things together. A woman poses different qualities that can help keep the family strong. A quote to show a women’s strength would be , " Ma was heavy, but not fat, thick with childbearing and work...her ankles, and her strong, broad, bare feet moved quickly and deftly over the floor”(95). Ma is being described as a stronghold to control and survive through tough situations. There were times in the story where Ma more solidly planted or more of a man than Tom and Pa. Ma knew when to help the family and when to let the males take over meaning she had to step back. Women in this novel only wanted to see their family happy and enjoying every moment of their lives, but they also were very open to everybody plus non judgmental of their decisions or choices.
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