Essay about The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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“She walked for the family and held her head straight for the family,” (Steinbeck 138). The historical fiction novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck depicts the Joad family’s arduous journey to survive and find economic stability as farmers during the Dust Bowl. Jeannette Walls’s autobiography, The Glass Castle, illustrates her family’s struggle to find personal happiness and a sense of belonging despite their lack of a permanent home. Both books feature families attempting to overcome poverty and find a sense of security while traveling nomadically and frequently changing their living situations. Perseverance and solidarity of the family are two qualities which allow the Joad and Walls families to survive the multitude of difficult circumstances they face. One attribute that allows the Joads to survive the circumstances they face is their dedication to the family. From the beginning of The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck demonstrates the great importance of family unity to the Joad family: when Pa Joad determines to stay behind with the property he feels so bound to, as Muley Graves had done, the other Joads exerted force on Pa in order to keep the family strong and whole. The family members’ willingness to take such strong actions to ensure their unity sets them apart from other farming families, like Muley Graves’s, who allowed his family to divide. The Joads’ strong attributes of family devotion and unity are recurrently tested throughout the novel. One major…

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