The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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In the Grapes of Wrath how has the Joad family and all the people in general lost their way spiritually? I've already narrowed what I think to three things: Lack of biblical leadership/lack of faith...

In the Grapes of Wrath how has the Joad family and all the people in general lost their way spiritually?

I've already narrowed what I think to three things: Lack of biblical leadership/lack of faith and lack of unity? Can anyone expand and tell me what you think? thanks

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Lack of unity is another way to look at this novel with regards to the changing the Joads undergo.

At the beginning of their journey, Ma Joad was adamant that the family should stick together. Her outlook was family first before all else. She valiantly attempts to hold the family together, but life on the road proved too much for them.

The deaths of Granma and Grampa Joad due to the stress of the travelling conditions starts the family's unravelling.  Noah does not wish to continue either, and just stays put, never to be seen again. Connie buckles under the strain and leaves his pregnant wife to fend for herself. Ma...

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