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Adam ETom Joad from Steinbecks Grapes of Wrath is a prime example of a person whose morals and spiritual growth can not be restricted by the law or any other limiting factor for long Throughout the novel he develops from a man only interested in his own independent personal desires and needs to one who is devoted to his family and sacrifices his own personal comfort for the benefit of the family At the novels end Tom is continuing Jim Casys generous work of uniting the poor hand laborers against the rich oppressive landowners who are starving the poor with low wages Toms concept of family grows with his work uniting the poor to encompass all of humanity At the beginning of the novel Tom has just been paroled from prison serving time for killing a man in a fight Tom feels he was merely defending himself He feels no guilt or shame about killing the man and would do it again under the sameconditions Toms morals allowed him to justify the killing His family instilled these morals in him especially by the strength and love of his mother Tom is looking forward to laying one foot down in front of another At this point inthe story Tom has his basic needs met and is going home to his family In chapter 6 Tom finds his house abandoned and meets Muley an old neighbor that stayed behind after his family moved to California for work Toms morals insist that he be a straightforward person that will face problems head on instead of hiding from them This is shown when he along with Muley and Casy are forced to hide from a deputy searching for trespassers Tom despises having to hide from the deputy on his fathers land In this same chapter Muley shows them to a cave where they can sleep for the night Tom is forced to hide from the deputy that
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