(PLEASE HELP WILL GIVE BRAINLIEST) Read the following excerpt from chapter 21 of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath:And the smell

(PLEASE HELP WILL GIVE BRAINLIEST) Read the following excerpt from chapter 21 of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath: And the smell of rot fills the country.

Burn coffee for fuel in the ships. Burn corn to keep warm, it makes a hot fire. Dump potatoes in the rivers and place guards along the banks to keep the hungry people from fishing them out. Slaughter the pigs and bury them, and let the putrescence drip down into the earth.

There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize. There is a failure here that topples all our success. The fertile earth, the straight tree rows, the sturdy trunks, and the ripe fruit. And children dying of pellagra must die because a profit cannot be taken from an orange. And coroners must fill in the certificates—died of malnutrition—because the food must rot, must be forced to rot.

The people come with nets to fish for potatoes in the river, and the guards hold them back; they come in rattling cars to get the dumped oranges, but the kerosene is sprayed. And they stand still and watch the potatoes float by, listen to the screaming pigs being tilled in a ditch and covered with quicklime, watch the mountains of oranges slop down to a putrefying ooze; and in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.
Analyze how the author uses the rhetorical devices of parallelism and diction to convey the tone of the text. Be sure to include specific details from the texts to support your answer.

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  1. The author has used rhetorical devices like parallelism to emphasize the miserable and hopeless condition of the migrants who were despised and hated but had no option but to swarm the town to fight hunger and survive.


    The chapter talks about the agrarians who were ruined by industrialization. Industries and technology pushed them on the roads. They moved in search of food and to give their families a meal to survive.  

    Parallelism has been employed at places to underline the misery, the dejection and distress.

    For instance, in one of the paragraphs, just to stress on the simplicity of the agrarian folks before they were brought near to doom: ‘a simple agrarian folk who had not changed …….. who had not farmed. They had not grown up….’  

    This repetition of phrases and clauses is parallelism.  The chapter is replete with such examples.  It lends it unity and realism and appeals to emotions.

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