The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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In The Grapes of Wrath, how does Steinbeck show the ways an individual confronts social injustice?

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Through different characters in The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck shows how individuals can take action in order to confront social injustice.

Steinbeck portrays a world in The Grapes of Wrath that is filled with social injustice. The vast majority of people in it lack economic power. This majority is subject to the wealthy few. Despite this imbalance, Steinbeck shows people can challenge injustice. Ma Joad is one such example. Steinbeck creates the family's matriarch as someone who actively challenges social injustice in small ways. An instance of this is when she shares the small amount of food the family has with other people. Ma Joad builds community by refusing to turn anyone away who is in need, saying,

As far as ‘will,’ why, we’ll do what we will. An’ as far as ‘will’—it’s a long time our folks been here and east before, an' I never heerd tell of no Joads or no Hazletts, neither, ever refusin’ food an’ shelter or a lift on the road to anybody that asked. They’s...

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