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Type: Dissertação de Mestrado
Title: Dusting down the patriarchal rules: the role of migration in Ma Joad's adaptability to circumstances in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath"
Authors: Thiago Rodrigues Costa
First Advisor: Thomas La Borie Burns
First Referee: Carlos Alberto Gohn
Second Referee: Jose dos Santos
Abstract: xxx
Abstract: Critics have argued that John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is a novel about social and inner changes. As the Joad family starts its journey to California, the reorganization of the family becomes essential to their survival. In times of material loss, Ma Joad breaks with patriarchal rules, emerges as the new leader of her family, and plays more than the housewife role assigned to the women of her time. She becomes, then, an essential figure to the maintenance of the family's integrity. The aim of this study is to analyze the way in which the determination of new social values, especially those regarding the role of women in the family, occur in the novel, taking into consideration the historical context of migration in which the narrative takes place. It was observed that the migratory movement to the west contributes to the ascertaining of new social values and to the establishment of new family roles. With Pa Joad's loss of control over his family during the journey, Ma is capable of breaking with the patriarchal ideology to assume a more influential position in the family. This thesis endorses some previous studies on The Grapes of Wrath, and represents an opportunity for new studies on the novel on the Brazilian academic environment.
Subject: Mulheres Relações com a família
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968 Grapes of wrath Critica e interpretação
Ficção americana História e crítica
Migração interna Estados Unidos
Mulheres Condições sociais Estados Unidos
language: Inglês
Publisher: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Publisher Initials: UFMG
Rights: Acesso Aberto
Issue Date: 25-Jun-2008
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