Trevor WeirMr. HaysAmerican Lit22 January 2018The Turtle and The RoadIn the novel “The Grapes of Wrath” the author, John Steinbeck, develops the theme that no matter what obstacles are in your way they always lead to something good at the end. The start of this chapter, the turtle, road, the two cars, and the foxtail are all symbols for a journey that has many rough patches. The turtle likewise, the Joads are discriminated against by their surrounding in which they associate themselves with. Yet no matter what gets in their way they proceed in their journey. The journey takes the turtle and the Joads “southwest as it had been from the first.”(Steinbeck 29) Another symbol of this chapter is the road. The road stands for the journey and the path in which they take in this case it was for the turtle to get across the highway. For the Joads, it was to leave a town that was discriminating them. The two cars in the chapter show the people who are on their journey. So the first car who missed the turtle is the positive people in the Joads life but on the other hand, the car that purposely hit the turtle is the negative people or the people that judge the Joads. From the start of the turtles’ expedition, the turtle comes across an Oat Beard which is a symbol of a new beginning. The oat is carried all the way across the highway, where the “wild oat head fell out and three of the spearhead seeds stuck in the ground.”(Steinbeck 12) Then the turtle crawls over the Oat making the Oat ready to grow once again. Steinbeck sends out the message that no matter what happens life will force you to regenerate. In the Joads case they “travel southwest” looking for rebirth.(Steinbeck 30) Likewise the turtle, the Joads carry along with them their personal traits and characteristics. Cleary, Steinbeck wanted to show his audience that through the turtles’ success he will foreshadow the success and rebirth of the previous struggles the Joads once faced. He does this by using the theme that no matter what obstacles are in your way they always lead to something good at the end through Joad and the turtle.