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aiedail01 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 23, 2008 at 7:22 AM via web

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What is young tom's philosophy for dealing with the future?

What is young tom's philosophy for dealing with the future? What chapter is this mentioned in?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:06 PM (Answer #2)

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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.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM (Answer #3)

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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.

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miniman1996 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 31, 2011 at 7:48 AM (Answer #4)

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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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