Grapes Of Wrath

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Grapes Of Wrath


Grapes of Wrath Explain how the behavior of the Joads

shows Steinbeck's view of the responsibility of the individual

to society as a whole. Chapter 14 made an interesting point.

At one point in the chapter it was stated that a farmer lost his

farm. As this man's family picks up their belongings and

heads west they meet up with another family dealing with a

similar situation. Now these two families share a common

bond. A brotherhood is forming. This is the catalyst. No

longer is it one farmer saying he lost his land but two farmers

united saying they lost their land. Much the same

transformation happens to the Joad family - especially to the

characters of Ma, Young Tom, and Rose of Sharon. At the

onset of the novel we see the Joad family struggling just to

keep their immediate family together. They are focused on

just themselves. By the end of this wonderful book we see

the Joad family branching out in many different ways to

embrace all of mankind as one big family. Ma Joad's main

concern at the beginning of the story is her family. She wants

to keep the unit together and works diligently to achieve this

goal. However, one by one, family members leave the group

for various reasons leading to the slow but sure disintegration

of the Joad clan. The first to go is Noah; then Grandpa and

Grandma die;Connie walks off and leaves Rose of Sharon;

Young Tom leaves because he has gotten into trouble again;

and Al becomes engaged and decides to go with his

fiancee's family. Ma deals with each loss as best she can. As

the story progresses, we find Ma Joad becoming more and

more concerned with people outside the family unit. She

feels the need to share whatever meager food and

belongings her family has with other families enduring

hardships. She saw the needs of her own family at the

beginning of the story and by the end of the novel, she sees

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