The Importance of Family as illustrated in The Grapes of Wrath

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The Importance of Family as Illustrated in The Grapes of Wrath Many authors such as Steinbeck include family as one of the major themes in their novels because it is something that everyone can relate to. Throughout American history families have always remained a constant. Families are not only what help us to identify ourselves, but what we, as people of the human race, can identify with. One of the most important themes in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is family, he explores the effects of tragedy on the families of the Dust Bowl, through these hardships we witness something quiet incredible as the migrant families join together as one, learn to rely on each other in a new way that was not done before, and see how life on the road forms new kinships. In the beginning of the novel we notice the hardships that the Joads have to go through in order to get to California. On the great journey the family joins together as one. The best way it is said is in Chapter 13 “The Family became a unit.”(189) The Joads with the accompaniment of Jim Casey formed a new kind of bond, something that could only be formed if a family had been through absolute hell together. Due to these circumstances their relationships with each other were stronger then ever. For the first time in their lives, they were altogether in the same place working for the same common goal, to be successful in California. They also had a grand sense of family unity as it is best said in Chapter 22 by Ma Joad. “We’re Joads. We don’t look up to nobody.”(420) With a quote like that Steinbeck illustrates the family to be unstoppable and determined because they had each other. As it is also said in this quote by Jim Casy “’But when they’re all workin together, not one fella for another fella, but one fella kind of harnessed to the whole shebang-that’s right, that’s holy.’”(110) This quote shows the unity of

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