The Grapes Of Wrath By J.k. Rowling Essay

1336 Words Apr 26th, 2016 6 Pages
As J.K. Rowling once said, “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” In Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the Joads utilize their collective skills as a family to neutralize the crippling discrimination and societal issues they face. Each member specifically donates effort to the journey to California and learns from what their predecessor teaches them, exemplifying how the unity of the family positively affects future generations. The roles that they play in their family determine the ways they resolve the problems they face. Being a unit during the journey aids every member in the family to grow into their rightful positions as either a teacher or a student, whether the conclusion of their story proves success or failure. Tom Joad, the oldest son in the Joad family, endures one of the largest transitions of self-enlightenment, changing from a from the beginning to the end of The Grapes of Wrath. His journey follows a man on the run from the law after killing someone in a bar fight, for he returns to his family with hope for a fresh start. Steinbeck writes, “‘I’m just tryin’ to get along without shovin’ nobody around.’ He stopped and looked out at the dry fields, at the starved tree clumps hanging uneasily in the heated distance” (Steinbeck 9). In this fragment from chapter one, Tom hints at his intentions for going home; he hopes to cause as little trouble as possible on his way to readjusting to regular life due to being on parole after his…

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