Throughout the novel The Grapes of Wrath, author John Steinbeck makes numerous allusions to historical writings
and or events. One of the most prevalent of these is The Oversoul, an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Through
this website, you can explore each text and the connections between them.
Click on the tabs in the menu above to visit the different sections of our website. In the allusion, you will learn
more about Emerson's Oversoul, and how Steinbeck uses its ideas in Grapes of Wrath. Click on Theme to
view the major theme from the two texts and information about it. The Vocabulary section will highlight key vocabulary
from The Oversoul, and also provides you the definitions courtesy of Dictionary.com. In the Literary Elements
section, you will find how various language devices are used in each of the texts. The Symbolic and Allegorical page
will highlight quotes from the novel that have a symbolic relationship with Emerson's essay. Finally, the Moral
and Anagogical section will bring you quotes displaying the morals from Grapes as well as their connection
with The Oversoul.
To read Emerson's Oversoul, you can visit: