The Grapes Of Wrath Working Together Through Social And Economical Hardships

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Throughout history, migrants have been faced with social and economic hardships, which has caused them to work together and become a cohesive society. The migrants were also faced with discrimination and had to maintain endurance and hope. The Joads from John Steinback's, Grapes of Wrath, work together as a family and help each other along the road to California.Ma Joad works as the queen bee to keep the family together. She does all that she can to keep the family strong and tries not to let them worry about anything. An example of this is when Granma passes away. Ma keeps her death quiet so that the family can continue their trip without any uncertainties. She proves her motherly figure ...view middle of the document...

The Okies work together like a colony of ants throughout the novel in many different ways. These families work together to become one family. One way they work together is at the Weedpatch camp. The camp is ran by the Reds themselves and they help each other get jobs there. They generate their own society by treating each other as humans and by making each other feel at home at the Weedpatch camp.Those traveling west must cope with the society together when dealing with discrimination. They are constantly thought of as stealers and are disliked by the Californians. The landowners think that the migrants are taking over their land and stealing their money and jobs. They also feel that they are developing a sense of self, because they are able to maintain a camp and have jobs on their own.The migrants also deal with discrimination by being called "Okies." An example of inhumanity that the Joads must deal with is when they go to the gas station and they are questioned about paying for the gas that they use for their vehicle. They watch the Joads every move as they are getting gas and think that they are going to take the gas...

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