Search Menu

Contents

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

In creating the character of Rose of Sharon, Steinbeck relies heavily on stereotypes. We read that pregnancy has transformed the girl from a “hoyden”—a high-spirited and saucy girl—into a secretive and mysterious woman. Time and again, Steinbeck alludes to the girl’s silent self-containment and her impenetrable smile. This portrayal of pregnancy may initially seem to bespeak a romanticism out of keeping with Steinbeck’s characteristic realism. However, Steinbeck uses such seemingly trite details to prepare Rose of Sharon for the dramatic role she plays at the end of the novel. When she meets the starving man in the barn, she becomes saintly, otherworldly. Her capacity to sustain life, paired with her suffering and grief for her dead child, liken her to the Virgin Mother and suggest that there is hope to be found even in the bleakest of circumstances.

More characters from The Grapes of Wrath

Take the Analysis of Major Characters Quick Quiz

Take a quiz on this section
Take the Analysis of Major Characters Quick Quiz

TAKE THE QUIZ
+
#

ANALYSIS OF MAJOR CHARACTERS QUICK QUIZ

Which phrase best describes Tom Joad’s life philosophy at the start of the book?
Quid pro quo
Carpe diem
Take the Analysis of Major Characters Quick Quiz
TAKE THE QUIZ

Analysis of Major Characters Quick QUIZ

+
Take the Analysis of Major Characters Quick Quiz
TAKE THE QUIZ

More Help

Previous Next

Buy on BN.com and save!

The Grapes of Wrath (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)

Got it?
Take a quiz on All Major Characters →