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"The Grapes Of Wrath" John Steinbeck.

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Towards the conclusion of The Grapes of Wrath, the main character Tom Joad reminisces the philosophy of his departed companion, Jim Casy to his mother, Ma Joad. He states, "Says one time he went out in the wilderness to find his own soul, an' he foun' he didn't have no soul that was his'n. Says he foun' he just got a little piece of a great big soul. Says a wilderness ain't no good 'less it was with the rest, an' was whole. Funny how I remember. Didn' think I was even listenin'. But I know now a fella ain't no good alone. (535)" This renowned quote demonstrates how Tom transformed into a man that no longer focuses his energy on the present moment. Instead realizes his responsibility to his fellow man.In John Steinbeck's novel, the Joad's migrate west to the promising land of California. It was no easy ride they were constantly challenged by many obstacles that seemed to encounter them on their way there. But from incident to incident they learned that they must help out their fellow humans in order to be fraction of this great big soul. Truly the connection between human-to-human is superior than the bond between a man and his land. Meanwhile the wilderness is futile without the men who inhabit it.When the Joads eventually arrive to California, they reside in camps next to other refugees, who share the same motive of relocating. Ma Joad then fixes dinner and soon attract mobs of children asking for food. After feeding her family, she hands over the scarce leftover of stew, in which the children devour. Depicted, the paucity of food forces her to make choice of selfishness for the family or generosity toward the larger community. Nevertheless, Ma Joad looks at the needs of her family first, but does manage to lessen the hunger of the famished children. Her empathy with these strangers made her a fraction of that large soul, that Casy once discoursed about.In the government camp, which the Joad's thought were a safe terrain for them in which they wouldn't be intimidated by police officers and can expect some reassurance. But then a contractor arrives to recruit workers for a fruit-picking job in Tulare County and someone demanded a contract and a set wage for the job. The man summons a police and is then arrested on a phony charge and begins to threaten others. A brawl develops. And the arrested Man gets away and Tom Joad trips the deputy. Seeing that, Jim Casy coming from behind knocks the deputy unconscious. This is significant due...

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