The Power Of Change In The Grapes Of Wrath

1084 WordsAug 28, 20175 Pages
Over centuries, mankind’s intention has always been to make change or evolve. As in The Grapes of Wrath written by John Steinbeck, an emphasization of the capability of humans to create change and to progress has been demonstrated throughout the novel. Despite many challenges, the main characters, the Joad family faces, it has been highlighted that man obtains the ability to adapt to changes of circumstances and has the power of cooperating together and unifies together, as well, to execute change. Throughout the novel, Steinbeck capsizes religious symbols to roll out the boldness of the human spirit. Steinbeck also displays the powers of mankind to create change and feuds that the human experience should be the physical foundation of one's moral code, rather than being dependent upon religious principle. The author expresses the power of human cooperation through the migrant workers. Steinbeck describes each of the migrant workers as “alone and bewildered” (151). However, when “two men squat on their hams” and begin to work together, each of them aren’t vulnerable. Steinbeck resembles the meeting of two people, writing “‘I lost my land’” is changed later to ”‘We lost our land’” (151). It is learned that one person is insignificant; only two people can come together, grow swiftly and gain an understanding of what is happening.When two men stand together in support of each other, their beliefs become stronger, and have the capability to have an impact. And from there, the idea of protest spreads to others, until it can no longer be ignored, until those who had ignored it are forced to accept it for it is unavoidable. As Steinbeck expresses the migrants’ journey west, the growth of mankind is possible by the human spirit’s ability to be able to alter to a changing circumstance is made evident. Over the course, the luxated laborers are compelled to adapt to their new position to survive. At first, the families are “timid in the building and tumbling [of] worlds” (194). They are afraid to suddenly surrender a habit (or lifestyle) that they have accompanied so long. However, they slowly become used to “huddl[ing] together”, “talk[ing] together”, and “shar[ing] their lives, their food, and the things that
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