The Grapes of Wrath: Characters

This The Grapes of Wrath: Characters lesson plan also includes:

Is Tom Joad the protagonist of The Grapes of Wrath? If Tom Joad is the protagonist then who or what is the antagonist? Who are the foils? What does Tom learn from them? What does the reader learn about Tom by contrasting him with the foil? The fourth lesson in a study of The Grapes of Wrath examines the major characters in Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

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Instructional Ideas

  • To expand the lesson on characters and characterization, consider assigning groups a character and having them research the character's name, collect descriptions and samples of speech patterns, and details about how the character treats others and is treated by others

  • The early focus on the characters and their stories prepares readers for later developments in the novel

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