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John Steinbeck shows the readers many themes in The Grapes of Wrath Oneof the most apparent is as Steinbeck stated The Joads passage through a process ofeducation for the heart Many characters in The Grapes or Wrath exhibit this themebut it is valiantly apparent in the actions of the Joads as a family Tom Casy and Rose ofAlthough each person in the Joad family is a separate individual the family oftenacts as thought it were one person As one might expect the experiences they incurchange the family personality At the end of the book the Joads have lost their familyidentity but theyve replaced it with something equally worthy theyve found kinshipwith other migrant families The Joads merge with the Wainwrights and the Wilsonsbecause 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 offood blankets a kind word medicine advice and even love As Casy says nobody hasan individual soul but everybodys just got a piece of a great big soul By opening theirhearts the Joads transformed into members of the universal family Rose of Sharon the eighteen year old daughter goes through a miraculoustransformation of the heart as the journey progresses When the Joads first begin theirtorrid journey Connie Roses husband and Rose set themselves apart from the mundanematters that occupy the rest of the family They focus solely on the baby and dwell in thefuture instead of the present They dream of the house theyll buy for the baby inCalifornia about the car theyll drive and about Connies schooling and job When thegoing gets tough Connie abandons his young wife which may have been the turningpoint in Roses life As time the birth approaches Rose of Sharon does a surprising thingfor someone in her delicate state as she insists on picking cotton with the rest of herfamily After a few days the baby is born
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