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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is an account of how a familywithin a society dealt with changes and hardships The Joad family wasone of many families that were afflicted by the Great DepressionHowever they were able to work together to overcome their hardshipswithout losing their integrity or breaking the Social Contract whichwas extremely prominent in their family and community The Grapes ofWrath showed how the Social Contract works to govern every aspect oflife from how people interact to how they see the worldIn the 1930s severe dust storms resulted in crop failure and tenantfarmers were forced off of the owners lands The owners didnt carewhat happened to the farmers or they couldnt allow themselves to carebecause all of them were caught in something larger than themselves42 The owners were slaves to the banks and the people that ran themso were forced to evict the tenant farmers This is an example ofRousseaus argument for the Social Contract Once man invented theconcept of private property they became greedy and left the State ofNature in which man was simple and morally pure Inequality wasintroduced and as social classes developed it became even morepronounced Man had to fight to keep his place in society under theSocial Contract and this is the philosophy that inevitably led to theeviction of the tenant farmers If the owners had allowed them to staythe owners put themselves at financial risk and during the depressionit was a risk that they literally couldnt afford to takeThe governments job was to protect private property but it gottwisted and somewhere along the way it became a separateself-interested entity Perhaps the government could even be consideredunder its own Social Contract by Hobbes definition Hobbes describesthe State of Nature as a complex series of cause and effect with theability to reason for the sake of pursuing desires The Social Contractwas set in place to keep peace However no system is perfect As thegovernment lost focus on its intended
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