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The Grapes Of Wrath There are many examples in The Grapes of Wrath that show not only that Steinbeck thought that prejudice was an issue to be concerned with but also it showed his thoughts and feelings towards the subject Three examples of prejudice are shown during encounters with other people that have already been there On the way to California the Joads encountered other people that had already been to California and were now returning One of these encounters with the ragged man with the sunburned face is described on page 242 The ragged man had children that died because wages were too low and work was too scarce to afford food for his children and wife His story was one of pain and despair and was evidence of the cruel and inhumane treatment which resulted from the California farmers prejudice towards the migrant workers Later the Joads stop by a river where Tom and his Father find a spot to go swimming They are promptly joined by two men a man and his son who asked if they may also join them in swimming The men start talking and it turns out that the other two men have just come from California They tell a story describing the conditions as very unsafe and uncomfortable and mention the prejudice against the workers Subsequently the Joads paid no attention to this warning either Hence they traveled on only to meet up with a very dispassionate police officer The police officer gave the Joads a first hand acount of the prejudice that Californians had against the migrant workers The policeman treated the migrants with no respect This officer who undoubtedly had taken an oath to uphold the law and promote the public good would have been more happy to see the Joads drop off the face of the earth than see them in California The Corollary chapter Nineteen deals with the
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