How does The Grapes of Wrath define "family" and how does the novel describe the significance of different kinds of families, both according to the biological definition of family as well as other kinds of family, and how does it relate to Steinbeck's philosophy about the "I" becoming "we"?

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Family is extremely important in The Grapes of Wrath and other novels by John Steinbeck . He is deeply concerned with the issues of individual alienation from society and of the harm caused by neglect of society’s most vulnerable members. During the Great Depression, specifically the Dust Bowl situation that he presents in this novel, that vulnerability became the everyday reality for millions of Americans. While the Joad family is unique, their story also represents countless other families...

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