The Great Depression (1929-1939) + The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

During the Great Depression in the United States, and after the loss of their farm in Oklahoma, the Joad family is faced with a journey of more than one thousand miles to California in search of a better life. Can hope defeat poverty, illness, hunger, and even death as they follow their dream?

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Genre: Classic novel; Level: pre-intermediate; Length: long; English: American English

Penguin Readers Level 5: the Grapes of Wrath (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers))
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The grapes of wrath are referenced in the Book of Revelation 14:19

King James Bible
And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

1. angry, violent, or stern indignation
2. divine vengeance or retribution
3. archaic a fit of anger or an act resulting from anger
obsolete incensed; angry

The title is a reference to lyrics from “The Battle Hymn of the Republic“, by Julia Ward Howebattle-hymn-of-the-republicThe phrase appears at the end of chapter 25 in The Grapes of Wrath, which describes the purposeful destruction of food to keep the price high:

and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.



Grapes of Wrath by Ernest Andrew] [Ewart , Boyd Cable Published 1917

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