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Essay Topic Writers often highlight the values of a culture of a society by using characters who are alienated from that culture or society because of gender race class or creed Choose a play or novel the Grapes of Wrath in which such a character plays a significant role and show how that characters alienation reveals the surrounding societys assumptions and moral values In the novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck the alienation of Tom Joad in the society of California reflects the societys assumptions that migrants are no more than vagrants and that the moral values of that society are varying degrees of being unethical Many people treat Tom Joad unfairly just because they assume that Okies are poor people that would rather steal than be honest One such incident is while the Joad family is traveling to California They stop at a gas station to fill their gas tank and the owner accuses Tom and the family of trying to beg free gas from him The owner assumes that Tom was no more than a vagrant just because he was traveling with his family He also treats Tom unfairly because he assumes that migrants would try and steal his gasoline rather than pay for it Another example of alienation occurs while Tom and the Joads were camping in Hooverville Tom gets in an argument with a deputy sheriff because the sheriff believes that Okies should not be given jobs The deputy assumes that Okies are worthless and would not do a good job in contributing to Californias economy Tom and his family are treated like vagrants until they move into the government-run camp Weedpatch There Tom is alienated from the greater society but he is included in the smaller one Tom instantly makes friends and they assimilate him into their work atmosphere The resistance of the police force to accept Weedpatch as a peaceful camp shows that the governments of
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