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The Journey Theme of The Grapes of Wrath In the Classic novel The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck displays in his writing many different and interconnected themes The main idea of the novel can be interpreted many different ways through many of the different actions and characters throughout the novel In the first chapter of the novel Steinbeck describes the dust bowl and foreshadows the theme The men came were silent and they did not move often And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men-to feel whether this time the men would break As a theme Steinbeck wanted the reader to see that humanity is on a journey and for good or bad humanity continues to move ahead Along with journey come changes another important idea in the novel which correlates directly with the main theme Journey is the main idea in the beginning of the novel when Tom Joad first gets out of prison and is looking for a ride home Walking home he spots a turtle Lying on the highway missed by a car hit by a truck the turtle still struggles to continue his own journey towards the southwest So already in the novel two journeys are taking place one a mans journey and the other natures journey Change is evident as an idea in the novel when Tom is reunited with his childhood preacher Jim Casy the preacher says the sperit aint in me no more He says this to Tom and at the same time the turtle still struggles to escape toms jacket Both of these ideas are seen in Chapter 6 when Casy gets the spirit back and decides that he is going to hit the road Both Tom and Casy head to Uncle Johns place where the rest of the Joads are living This is where they hear of their journey westward where work can be found The
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