The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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Examples Examples for courage in The Grapes of Wrath? Examples for compassion and love in The Grapes of Wrath?

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The Joad family shows courage in the act of picking up and moving to California in hopes of finding a better life. They could have remained in the more familiar Oklahoma, but they took a chance and went looking for work, not a handout.

At one point in the story we see a restaurant owner help out the family be selling them a loaf of bread. That's a small act of compassion.

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One example of courage is Ma Joad. She struggles against surmounting odds to keep the unity and integrity of the family in place. Her courage can't overcome all, though, as in the end she says, "Use’ ta be the fambly was fust. It ain’t so now. It’s anybody."

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Jim Casy is the most courageous of the characters in The Grapes of Wrath as he becomes the Christ-like sacrificial victim for the cause of solidarity, the Oversoul of the migrant workers.  Bravely, too, Tom Joad takes up his cross after Jim's death.

The quiet fortitude of Ma Joad is prevalent throughout the novel.  She it is who holds together the family throughout...

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