The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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How has Tom Joad shown an understanding of injustice, and what does he do about it?

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Tom Joad begins the story as an ex-convict who was sent to prison for killing a man who attacked him. He was released early for good behavior. His short sentence was perhaps an injustice, since he killed in self-defense. However, as he assures his mother, he is not bitter or “mean.” Yet he breaks parole without a second thought, leaving with his family for a better life in California. Several instances on the journey and in California cause him to...

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