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Purpose Essentially The Grapes of Wrath is a novel of social protest It was designed to inform the public of the migrants plight It is a plea for the land owners of California and the banks in the dust bowl states to be more tolerant It shows how the migrants were made to starve by the California land owners and banks just so they could turn a profit It shows many of the methods that they used to cheat the migrants out of money and keep them from organizing Ma Joad Ma Joad is the backbone of the Joad family When things were really bad the family turned to her and not to Pa The family gauged their own emotions by looking at her reaction She knew that if she faltered then the whole family would collapse She is always concerned for the welfare of her own family but still tries to help others as much as possible as show by her helping of the Wilsons and when she gave food to the children in the camp when she barely had enough to feed the family anyway She fights throughout the book to keep the family together and without her the family would have fallen apart quickly In spite of this she still sees that the family is breaking apart She fights this as much as possible but isnt completely successful She knows that if Pa ever gives up the family will collapse so sometimes she goads him into anger so that he doesnt Jim Casy The preacher Jim Casy can be seen as a modern day Christ figure except for without the Christian Doctrine The initials of his name JC are the same as Jesus Christ When he is saying grace in chapter eight he compares himself to Jesus I been in the hills thinkin almost you might say like Jesus wen into the wilderness to think His way out of troublespg 70-71 Casy
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