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Awakening Of Tom Joad Grapes of Wraith by John Steinbeck portrayed the awakeningof a mans conscience dealing with his troubling trials throughout the novelThe character that goes through this monumental change is Tom Joad son oftwo tenant farmers from Oklahoma Toms conscience was changed from a lonerwho cared nothing about the people to a hardy leader of them He first lookedafter his family on their trip that evolved into including the impoverishedmigrant farmers in California At the beginning of the novel Tom Joad has just been paroledafter spending four years in a state prison He stops at a roadside cafelooking for a ride when he sees a truck with a No Riders sticker on itToms conversation with this trucker is his first witness to the suppressionof an honest working man by the larger more wealthy corporations since hisrelease from prison The trucker tries to socialize with him at this pointbut Tom is too absorbed into his own interest in keeping to himself Arriving at his house with Jim Casey Tom visits the abandonedhouse with one corner having been knocked in by a tractor His family hadbeen compelled to leave their land through repossession by the large corporationsanother example in Toms life how the larger are trying to control the lessfortunate This land had been his familys source of pride and livelihoodthroughout his life with them and its loss was the first sizable impacton Toms conscience that would lead him to an awakening After visiting the land the Joad family had lived on formany years Tom and Jim traveled to his uncle Johns house nearby There Tommeets his family as they are making preparations to leave for CaliforniaToms family has already sold off every valuable possession they own whileliving under cramped conditions on old and soiled mattresses in a house notbuilt to accommodate the size of the entire family Tom realizes that a familycannot survive under these destitute conditions unless they cling togetheras one
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