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Steinbeck did not randomly name his novel, he named it after a central theme; the biological phalanx. Grapes are held together by their stems, creating a bunch. Though when detached from their bunch, grapes are relatively small, they are quite larger when still attached by their stem. This large size symbolizes how when individuals unite, they are larger and more capable of accomplishment. “The Grapes of Wrath,” therefore presents a symbol of small grapes being bunched together and forming a wrathful unity which represents the strength of a large quantity of individuals being amalgamated to create a strong, capable, and large group or family.

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