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One of the hardest things in life to endure is change and no matter how big or small it is it will have a lasting impact on the person or situation that it is affecting In The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck demonstrates major change in regards to the Joad family and their beliefs As they travel from Oklahoma to California they are faced with many new people challenges and different ways of life then they are used to The Joads progress from a concern only for themselves and their own personal welfare to a concern for all the people in the world Although they seem irrelevant at the time each small change that the Joad family evolves through affects them in the long run eventually treating the Joads to disintegration of the smaller family unit which is replaced by the larger world family of the migrant people Joads Journey One of the first changes that the Joads faced was being kicked off their land Because they had lived there for many generations they had strong ties to their land and almost felt as if they were losing their family history This is demonstrated when Ma burns several items before the family leaves Ma set her lantern on the floor She reached behind one of the boxes that had served as chairs and brought out a stationery box old and soiled and cracked at the corners She sat down and opened the box Inside were letters clippings photographs a pair of earrings a little gold signet ring and a watch chain braided of hair and tipped with gold swivels She touched the letters with her fingersand she smothered a newspaper clipping on which there was an account of Toms trialShe took a letter from an envelope and dropped the trinkets in the envelope She folded the envelope over and put it in her dress pocket Then gently and tenderly she
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