Analysis Of The Book ' The Grapes Of Wrath '

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The majority of people in the United States are lucky enough to have a place they can return to every night and call their home. Unfortunately, for the Joad and Walls families, this is not the case. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, tells the story of the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers forced off their farm in Oklahoma due a bank foreclosure. Because of the circumstances they suffered, including being trapped in the Dust Bowl and economic hardship, the Joads set out for California in search for a better life. The Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeanette Walls, tells the story of her family moving from place to place during modern day poverty. Both novels clearly illustrate the daily struggles of living without a permanent home. Each family has unique qualities that assist them in dealing with issues. Although they had different ways of making the best of their situations, they both had the same mindset and shared the goal of having a happy life. A central theme throughout The Grapes of Wrath is the importance of family. Throughout the family’s travels, the Joads encountered other families seeking a better future. For example, the Joads became friendly with the Wilsons. Almost immediately, the two families become one, sharing one another’s adversities like Grampa Joad’s death and committing to one another’s survival. In Chapter 17, the narrator explains how overtime all of the migrants ultimately came together and became one big family. “Twenty families became one
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