The Grapes of Wrath
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I remember reading this many years ago and feeling a little “creeped “out. Reflecting on it now Rose of Sharon feeding the starving man (her breast milk) is an anti-climax packed with meaning. Implicit in her act are themes of hope, kindness, and feminine nurture. Although the situation is very sad Rose gives the man the only thing she can give him. Her milk is nutritional and provides respite for the man. Although Rose lost her baby, she can still comfort and nurture a human being in his advanced years. It is this juxtaposition that makes this scene so powerful.