The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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In the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, how does the Joad family as a whole change in the course of its experiences as migrants? What concept of family do they have in the beginning of their journey...

In the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, how does the Joad family as a whole change in the course of its experiences as migrants? What concept of family do they have in the beginning of their journey until the end of the book? Especially Ma and Rose of Sharon

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When Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrathhis intentions were to draw attention to the plight of the migrant American worker. He witnessed first hand the deplorable conditions that many of these hardworking but impoverished farmers experienced once they crossed the country to find work in California. Not only were they not accepted and vilified by the native Californians, but they were also treated as a subservient labor force. Their maltreatment, compounded by the great influx that occurred during this time afforded them little opportunity to improve or change the working conditions. 

This is essential to understanding the transformation of the Joad family. The text begins on a positive note because their son Tom is finally returning from his stint in prison and the family will be reunited. But Tom quickly learns that his family has fallen on hard times: their farm is being taken by a larger corporate farm.

Throughout the text, the conflicts of man versus technology and man versus...

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