The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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What are some examples of irony in The Grapes of Wrath?

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There are many instances of irony in this novel, mostly related to the main theme, man's humanity and inhumanity towards his fellow man. 

In Chapter 13 we see an example of irony when Tom is talking about the burial of Grampa Joad. Grampa has died of natural causes while on the way to California and the Joads have no choice but to bury him alongside the road and move on. Tom suggests leaving a note with his body explaining who he was and how he died because he says that the government is more concerned about dead men than live ones (Chapter 13) and they'll go to...

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