The Grapes of Wrath: Narrative and Point of View

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Point of view is the focus of the third lesson in a ten-lesson unit on The Grapes of Wrath. After a review of the third-person limited omniscient voice, the class looks at the way Steinbeck alternates specific chapters about the Joads with ones more general. Individuals then adopt one of characters from the first nine chapters and rewrite the novel's beginning in this character's voice.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Consider assigning different interchapters to groups and asking them to investigate how Steinbeck links the chapter to the Joad narrative and why the writer may have chosen this format
Pros

  • The point-of-view discussion calls readers' attention to the structure of the novel, i.e., the way Steinbeck alternates the Joad narrative with interchapters
Cons

  • None