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Throughout the book Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck there are several cases where the paisanos rationalize the things they do to make them seem better to themselves and to make other people see things their way The rationalizations vary but most are made by Pilon and are used in some way to benefit Danny or seem to The rationalizations come in very early in the book Pilon finds himself in need of food for himself and Danny He therefore goes to the neighbors yard and looks at some chickens to which he gives an explanation and rationalization of what he is about to do Poor little bare fowl How cold it must be for you in the early morning when the dew falls and the air grows cold with the dawnLife is too hard for you little bird15 He then kills the chicken for food He did however feel it necessary to justify the death of the chicken In his eyes he showed the chicken that it was better off dying for a persons food than suffering in life This is an obvious rationalization for something that Pilon knows really isnt as good as hes making it seem to the chicken and himself Later on in the book there is another blatantly obvious rationalization Danny wants to take up with his neighbor Mrs Morales He needs the rent money from his friends so he can buy the lady a box of candy His friends feel that if he buys candy for her he will eat some and then get a toothache So they decide to buy wine for her instead of candy but feel they should buy the wine themselves for if they give the money to Danny and explain themselves Danny could still buy candy and harm himself ButIf our friend Danny takes big candy to Mrs Morales he will eat some too So it us the teeth of our friend that will acheBut
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