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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 didnt have no soul that was hisn Says he foun he just got a little piece of a great big soul Says a wilderness aint 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 aint 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 Steinbecks novel the Joads 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
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