The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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What are some political and social changes that the Joads go through in The Grapes of Wrath?

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The Joads went through a horrendous experience in “The Grapes of Wrath,” enduring hunger, displacement, death, and more. This broke them spiritually and changed them socially and politically. As the family unit that had been so important to them at the beginning of the novel begins to break up so they can find work in migrant worker camps, they start to lose their cohesive identity and ability to unite as a family.

This disunity, as well as physical displacement from their homeland, has made them lose their sense of identity, as well as their familial bond. Those were some of the strongest ties they had socially. This foreshadows the number of families who would be displaced during this time period and the radical change in America as the unity became harder and harder to maintain.

Politically, they realized that their plight was not just ecological in nature, but also stemmed from the fact that there were no jobs or housing available. This made...

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