Analysis Of ' The New Country ' And How The Joads Interact With Other Families

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This is seen in how the families assist each other and bond through their struggles, in how the migrants create communities and worlds together, and in how the Joads interact with other families.
Intercalary chapter seventeen effectively demonstrates the theme of unity through the migrants’ willingness to assist each other and bond through their struggles. In this way, because they “all come from a place of sadness and worry and defeat,” they grow closer together and “share their lives, [...] the very things they hope for in the new country” (Steinbeck 193). This observation shows the families bonding over their struggles; uniting under their shared trepidations of change. Fear is a powerful motivator throughout The Grapes of Wrath. It pushes hundreds of families from their homes and forces them to suffer at the hands of corporate businesses and landowners. These people, who struggle against common enemies, turn to each other in their times of need. They share what meager supplies they have, as “A man with food [feeds] a hungry man” in the hopes that someone will do the same for him, “and when a baby die[s] a pile of silver coins [grows] at the door flap” (195). Because the migrants are continuously putting the needs of strangers before their own, their generous nature also demonstrates their developing unity. This is a drastic change from the migrant’s prior ideals, as their initial focus was the needs of the family above all. By giving away their valuable supplies, the…

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