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Throughout history migrants have been faced with social and economic hardships which has caused them to work together and become a cohesive society The migrants were also faced with discrimination and had to maintain endurance and hope The Joads from John Steinbacks Grapes of Wrath work together as a family and help each other along the road to California Ma Joad works as the queen bee to keep the family together She does all that she can to keep the family strong and tries not to let them worry about anything An example of this is when Granma passes away Ma keeps her death quiet so that the family can continue their trip without any uncertainties She proves her motherly figure when she shows that she does what she can to make sure the family survives She also shows endurance by keeping them well fed even if it means spending every bit of money that she has for food The men of the family such as Tom Pa Casy and Uncle John stick together to keep going on their long journey to California Tom and Casy also help each other throughout the novel Casy helps Tom think things through Casys philosophical ways change Toms way of thinking His views on life change and he agrees that his people are all people Casy also takes the blame when he knocks a man to the ground Casy knows he must defend his friend because he is on parole One of the most symbolic characters in the novel is Rose of Sharon She symbolizes the giver of life After giving birth to a stillborn baby and being left alone by her husband she is very insecure An example of how she helps out in the novel is when she gives a dying man milk from her breasts This is an example of her strength and power and how she deals with what she has lost
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