14 November 2012
AP English 3 2nd Period
Style Analysis: The Tenacious Turtle
In chapter three of Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, The adventure of a determined turtle progressing along a road is illustrated. The tone of the chapter is optimistically objective, as well as sympathetic toward the struggles the turtle encounters. The turtle has the goal of crossing the road within his journey, and the degrading challenges he faces empowers him to continue to move forward.
The diction functions to portray the character of the turtle and how he physically moves throughout his journey. The turtle’s “fierce” and “old humorous eyes” are able to overcome his “frantic” emotion of fear extroverting his competitiveness. The purpose of this is to exhibit the fact that self-doubt is present within the turtle, however it is outlasted by his perseverance. The turtle is delineated as woodenheaded because of his strong pursuit of crossing he road. After the turtle has “rested” by staying in his shell for a while, he uses his “elephant legs” to “[reach] for something” that will help him proceed through his journey. The use of other animals to personify the turtle helps imagine the actual appearance of the turtle, therefore creating a clearer image of the chapter in general. The sense of Shapiro 2
accomplishment the turtle expresses after he has flipped himself onto the right side is elating for him, as it results in the continuation of his adventure.
In this chapter, the detail exhibits the challenges faced by the turtle along his expedition, and at times the solutions to those obstacles as well. The turtle was forced to “climb the embankment” and later was partially hit by a “light truck” which set him back on his trek. These hindrances only forced the turtle to be even stronger throughout his voyage. He learns dedication and the concept of setting the mind to an idea and pursuing it. The “concrete wall four inches high” and...