Similarities Between Grapes Of Wrath And Of Mice And Men

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In any form of written work, the author will give each of the character a set of different characteristics. John Steinbeck is no different. He does, however, gives many of his characters a similar, concurrent trait; that trait is dignity. It can be seen in characters of Steinbeck’s books, The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath is about a family’s journey Oklahoma to California, in hopes of a new life, after being evicted from their previous home. Similarly, Of Mice and Men is about two guys in California who travel together, trying to save money in order to buy a plot of their own land. Character’s from these two books that share the characteristic of having dignity, also share another similarity; they are all…show more content…
Her dignity is shown because she grows to appreciate everyone as much as she had with her family in the beginning. Throughout The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck highlights Ma Joad’s dignity through her bold actions. Likewise, Tom Joad is another character from The Grapes of Wrath, by Steinbeck, who shows his dignity throughout the book through his actions, but also his past life. In Tom’s past life, he was arrested, having killed a man. However, Tom was stabbed, and was merely performing an act of self defense. He really had nothing against the man who attacked him, and thought of him to be a “nice fella” (Grapes 73). Many of the people Tom meets that find out that he has committed murder, assume that he isn’t an innocent man, and isn’t worth respecting. However, it is known by the reader that he had a legitimate purpose, and he doesn’t try to stress this fact. Due to this, his dignity shows, because he is allowing people to think what they want, even though he knows that he was only doing the last resort of things. Also, at the end of the book, Tom decides to live up to Jim Casy, a preacher who travelled with the Joad’s until his arrest and eventually his death, and spread the ideas that Casy was spreading throughout the entire book. “‘Tom,’ Ma repeated, ‘what you gonna do?’ ‘What Casy done,’ he said… ‘He wasn’ doing nothin’

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