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Tom seems to be a figurative Woody Guthrie. "This land is your land;...this land was made for you and me." One man is larger than himself. The community of man--"Wherever you see ....I'll be there" For the doctrinate John Steinbeck, Tom Joad is the mouthpiece of the need and importance of collective action.
I'm not sure what, exactly, you're referring to; however, Tom sees his future several ways. First, he's now free and he's thankful not to be in prison, of course. Second, he seems to see a future where things must be better. He recognizes the need for the "underdogs" to unite if they're to make any change, and he sees himself (as does Casey) as a possible motivator and uniter for that change. He's a realist and he understands he must leave his family both for their safety and for his future plans. Mostly, though, he's an idealist and foresees a day when things will be better. As he leaves his mother for the last time, he gives his famous "I'll be there" speech, noting his belief in a future that would be better than the present. Then he left, off to do what he could to make his vision of the future become a reality.
Tom's "philosophy for dealing with the future" is supposedly mentioned somewhere in the beginning when him and his family are first leaving. It should be in chapter ten but I also need this question answered and I can't find the answer for it.
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