John Steinbeck 's The Grapes Of Wrath And Jeannette Walls

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Family Matters

Different circumstances shape people into who they will become. This is relevant in both books, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle. Both the Joad and Walls families faced adversities but made it through them stronger. The two families move from place to place and greatly struggled financially. The value of family and lessons that can be learned from them is prevalent in both novels. The attributes that enabled both the Joad and Walls families to endure in the face of adversities are perseverance, faith, and their devotion to each other.
The Glass Castle and The Grapes of Wrath portrayed families who both acquired a common trait of perseverance. Both the Joad and Walls families struggled financially. They shared the challenge of caring for a family, while on the road. They sometimes had to do odd jobs to make ends meet, but they faced life with determination and perseverance. When Granma Joad, from The Grapes of Wrath, died in Ma’s arms, Ma did not make them stop the car. Ma drove for hours with Granma dead in her arms because she knew she could not delay the family. “I tol’ Granma we couldn’ help her. The family had ta get acrost. I tol’ her when she was a-dyin’. We couldn’ stop in the desert” (Steinbeck 228). Ma was determined to reach the border with the family, even a death in the family could not restrain her. The Walls family shows similar attributes of determination throughout the book. When Jeannette Walls’…
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