The Themes Of Struggle In John Steinbeck's Intercalary Chapter 17

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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
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In a country where people are losing their land with little support to recover, the migrants feel abandoned by their government and lack the structure to hold them together. They crave the guidance of a society that they can rely on. They separate themselves from the rest of the world in response, creating camps that offer reassurance and support to the migrants through the concept of unity. Despite travelling alone by day, “Every night a world [is] created, complete with friends and enemies [alike]” (194). As such, the migrants rely heavily on these worlds for many things, as they consider it to be one of the only times they can interact with families experiencing similar struggles Although “at first the families were timid in [these] worlds,” continuing west “their builders were more experienced in building them” and their worlds were “more complete and better furnished” (194). This ability to create the camps becomes crucial to them, as they turn to these worlds for comfort nightly. Their reliance on other migrants to help build up these camps demonstrates their developing unity. Had they not founded this tradition, they would not have had this bond so early on in the book. The migrants even abandon their “rights to intrude… to be noisy… of seduction or rape, the right of adultery and theft and murder” because they recognize “the little worlds could not exist for even a night with such rights established” (194). In this way, anything that the migrants feel may endanger the stability of their small communities is often forbidden. This demonstrates how they care too much for the worlds to let old habits tarnish their shared nature, no matter the significance of the rights. Another example of this is shown in how they establish “government in the worlds, with leaders” (195) despite

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