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Grapes of Wrath The novel Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck illustrates the hardships of the common man in great detail The one aspect of this book that displays life as it exists in the hostile real-world is the third chapter in which the human plight is displayed by a turtle and his struggle to reach the other side of a road As the turtle is about to reach his goal it is returned to its original location but it does not waver in its determination and continues across the road until it reaches the other side The characters most easily identified with in this book are the Joad family and Jim Casy Each character undergoes tremendous heartache and burden yet they stay true to their plans and never give up While the Joad family is moving from Oklahoma to California Ma Joad holds the family together becuase her belief that a broken-family will not be able to accomplish their mammoth task is true This is displayed by her not allowing the two cars to split and arrive at California at different times when one of the cars breaks down as they are leaving Oklahoma Pa Joad was a hardworking man who is uplifted from his normal way of life and is forced to account for his family not starving He does not handle this move very well and throughout the book he is confused and not as headstrong as Ma Tom Joad is a very complicated individual who is a tremendous asset and at the same time a tremendous burden His parole cuases his family an unneeded worry while his ability to get work while very few people do also benefited the family He is the main protagonasist for his family with his independent nature and the main follower
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