The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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What importance is Muley in The Grapes of Wrath?  

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Muley's primary purpose in Grapes of Wrath is to provide a contrast to the Joad family and to keep the veil up that would otherwise have fallen with the Joads' departure over life in Oklahoma. Muley is stubborn (hence, the name Mule-y) and pessimistic, both of which drive him to negative destructive action as opposed to positive...

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