Unity In John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath

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The book The Grapes of Wrath has introduced many themes but one that stands out, especially at the end, is the importance of people uniting and supporting each other around an issue. The book starts with a clear importance of family support and togetherness that continues to extend as the book goes on. One of the first examples of this is when the Joad family meets the Wilson couple on the side of the road. They hardly know each other before making the decision to continue making the trip west together. They don’t spend much time together but there is a deeper understanding of one another because they understand the struggles and hardships both families face. In the chapters that follow the story and the intercalary chapters there are many examples like this one but some are more subtle.
Toward the end of the book Ma said something about turning to other poor or struggling people when in your own hard times because they understand what it is like. The government camp is a good example of this idea holding true. The group of people the camp holds are all going through
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I always come back to the idea that there is a lack of public education and I think one solution would be to come together to insure that there is a common understanding and knowledge of what is really happening. We tend to have very one sided mindsets surrounding the big issues which cause people to spend more time arguing opinions then addressing issues that affect everyone. All the division and lack of unity creates a very apparent lack of productivity. It doesn’t make any sense to me why put more energy into arguing issues and blaming than using the passion and issue to find solutions. Throughout history beautiful breakthrough have been made when groups of people stand up together around an issue and show a support and unity not only towards their issue but also toward the people standing with
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