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Grapes of Wrath

HERO’S VS VILLIANS
John Steinbeck;s novel, The Grapes of Wrath, is a story that takes place during America;s dreadful period of depression.The novel tells of real, diverse characters who experience growth through turmoil and hardship. This novel portrays the life of the Joad family, who go through the harsh struggles of poverty and migration.They are forced to leave their drought stricken land of Oklahoma, hoping to find work in California, but soon they find out the horrors behind the picturesque mask of their excursion.In their quest to reach the promise land, they unveil the truth in relation to many people that they come across.The difference between the ;heroes; and the ;villains; comes to life, as the Joad;s trudge through the thick trials and tribulations along the blistering road to a better life.
Throughout the story Ma is a model of the strength of the human spirit.She strives to keep the family together no matter what or who stands in her way.For example, Steinbeck says of her, “if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone”.She is the foundation upon which the rest of the family stands.Just as when a single driblet of dye is dropped into a glass of water and disperses throughout, her strength permeates to the rest of the family, infusing them with her mightiness.Also, when the Wilsons’ car breaks down and Pa proposes splitting up just for a short time until the car is repaired she threatens him with a jack handle.She knows that all they have in the world is each other and without that hold on to, the have nothing.There is a saying “one finds comfort in numbers” however in this case “comfort” is replaced with survival.In addition, near the end of the book, when the boxcars have flooded, and it seems all hope has been lost, Ma leads the family to higher ground. …

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Grapes of Wrath

Throughout history man has made many journeys, far and wide, Moses
great march though the Red Sea and Columbus' crossing of the Atlantic Ocean
are only a few of mans greatest voyages.Even today great journeys are being made.In every instances people have had to rise above themselves and over come emence odds.The Joads did just that by traveling to California to find work.
Steinbeck shows one aspect of this real life journey by displaying it by a turtle and it's struggle to reach the other side of a road.As the turtle is about to reach his goal, it is returned to it's original location, but it does not waver in it's determination, and continues across the road until it reaches the other side.The Joad family and Casy identify with this the most because the undergo tremendous heartache, yet they stay true to their plans and never give up.They are faced with death and sickness, but they never give up.
Steinbeck wrote "In the evening a strange thing happened: twenty families became one family, the children were the children of all the loss of home became one loss, and the golden time in the West was one dream"This was what the Joads were searching for they wanted to feel like they belonged.Ma was the one who was mostly searching for this.This is her journey to keep the family together.Her belief that a broken-family will not be able to accomplish anything.This is displayed by her not allowing the two cars to split and arrive at California at different times, when one of the cars breaks down, as they are leaving Oklahoma.Ma says "I ain't a-gonna go."The only way she'll let the family break up is if pa whips her and makes her go.
Pa's journey is displayed by his trying to fit in and make a difference.He does not handle this move very well, and throughout their journey, he is confused, and not as headstrong as Ma.He realizes …