Abstract

Looking back after seventy-seven years, readers find the most haunting passage in The Grapes of Wrath to be Tom Joad’s famous farewell to his mother, the “I’ll be there” passage. Although Leslie Fiedler dismissed it as “fashionable left-wing soapbox rhetoric,” he misses the point. The death of the socialist dream conjures a ghost, and a ghost, by definition, “never dies, it remains always to come and to come back.” A specter is haunting The Grapes of Wrath—the specter of Tom Joad.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1938-6214
Print ISSN
1546-007x
Pages
pp. 196-209
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-09
Open Access
No
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