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As the novel The Grapes of Wrath progresses the Joads progress from a concern only for themselves and their own personal welfare to a concern for all the people in the world This is accompanied by the disintegration of the smaller family unit which is replaced by the larger world family of the migrant peopleThis shift from individual thinking to wide spread thinking is most directly seen in the actions of Tom Joad When we first see him at the beginning of the novel he is mainly concerned for his own welfare He wants to make up for all the things he missed when in prison Later on in the novel he is more concerned with the welfare of the family When we last see him he has shifted to trying to do what is best for all the migrant people by trying to organize them into strikingThat shift in thinking is also accompanied with the replacement of the individual family by the world family The thing that started the breakup of the individual family was the loss of their land The family had lived there for many generations and had strong ties to the land Getting thrown off the land was sort of like losing their family history This is shown by the things that Ma Joad burns before they left Next Grampa Joad died because he couldnt take leaving his home He is the first family member to leave the family At the same time though the joining with the Wilsons shows that the larger world family of the migrant society is replacing the individual family Chapter seventeen is one of the general chapters that shows the growth of the new migrant society that has its own laws and leaders At the boarder of California they loose Noah when he refuses to leave the river and have to leave the Wilsons behind because of Sairys illness Then Granma dies on the way across
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