The Grapes of Wrath

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The Grapes of Wrath ends in a rather idiosyncratic way. Steinbeck provides an anticlimax ending that is open to interpretation. The last scene occurs after the Joad family has to move from their boxcar due to the flood that has been ongoing for six days. At this point the family has encountered a series of problems that seem to be never ending. Every time there is a glimpse of hope, something comes and tears everything down. In California for example, finding a job was difficult for the family. On different occasion, they would get flyers or invitations to work at a farm but get there only to be disappointed. In the peach farm for example, they arrive there only to find an angry mob of protesters and the farmers are only paid five cents a box for picking peaches (476). As the family is trying to hold together and continuing their quest to find a better place to settle down, they run into a dying old man and a little boy. Despite the challenges they have been facing, the family is kind enough to stop and help the little boy and his father. The anger and disappointment they had about California did not stop them from helping. Their unselfish actions in the last scene of the book are a sign of hope for the future; hope that despite the dark moments there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Rose of Sharon plays an important role in the helping the dying man. When Rose of Sharon was pregnant, everyone in the family was excited for the baby despite the problems they had. The
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