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Unforgivable Crimes In Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck was one of America’s great authors, and had written several remarkable novels during his time. His novels always seem to consist of men who have committed crimes that are considered unforgivable, and instantly mark a person as evil. In his text, Of Mice and Men, Lennie was a big guy but a little special in the head, he was sweet but had no control over the strength in his body. He would always end up doing sinful things, but not because he was simply a bad person. In Steinbeck’s other text, Grapes of Wrath, he had another character that had committed unforgivable crimes. The character was Tom Joade who had killed a man at a bar. In the beginning of the novel they follow Tom on his way from jail, and continued to follow his family once he had found them. The family is one of the many who have to travel to California to their life started again, the setting takes place during the great depression. Tom Joade is one the most memorable characters involved with the plot. What the best qualities that Tom Joade contains is his passion toward his family, the way that he treats him mom, and his passion to help others.
When Tom is first introduced in the novel he is returning home from jail to find his family, and even though his family was not at his house he ventured to go locate them. Joade always looked out for his family during the journey out west, he would help take care of his elderly grandparents, the children, and his pregnant sister; even Connie that he had never met before his jail time he protected against any threat. When Connie ran off in the middle of the night, leaving Tom’s sister alone and pregnant, he wanted to chase him down because he had hurt his baby sister. Tom left the instant he knew it would put his family in trouble, but not because he was worried for his own sake, but because he didn’t want his family to go through any unnecessary trouble. Tom always dealt with the people who could have given any of his family members any bumps along the road, and that is something that left a mark in the audience’s mind.
Every woman appreciates a man who always loves and treats his mother with respect, partially because that’s how she want to be treated when they are mothers. Tom may have been a two-time murderer but he was always loved by his own mother, and he loved right back. The scene...

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