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John Steinbeck shows the readers many themes in The Grapes of Wrath One of the most apparent is as Steinbeck stated The Joads passage through a process of education for the heart Many characters in The Grapes or Wrath exhibit this theme but it is valiantly apparent in the actions of the Joads as a family Tom Casy and Rose of Sharon Although each person in the Joad family is a separate individual the family often acts as thought it were one person As one might expect the experiences they incur change the family personality At the end of the book the Joads have lost their family identity but theyve replaced it with something equally worthy theyve found kinship with other migrant families The Joads merge with the Wainwrights and the Wilsons because each family needed the other and the fragmented family becomes whole again The members dont share last names but they give support to each other in the form of food blankets a kind word medicine advice and even love As Casy says nobody has an individual soul but everybodys just got a piece of a great big soul By opening their hearts the Joads transformed into members of the universal family Rose of Sharon the eighteen year old daughter goes through a miraculous transformation of the heart as the journey progresses When the Joads first begin their torrid journey Connie Roses husband and Rose set themselves apart from the mundane matters that occupy the rest of the family They focus solely on the baby and dwell in the future instead of the present They dream of the house theyll buy for the baby in California about the car theyll drive and about Connies schooling and job When the going gets tough Connie abandons his young wife which may have been the turning point in Roses life As time the birth approaches Rose of Sharon does a surprising thing for
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