Education of the Heart

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John Steinbeck shows the readers many themes in "The Grapes of Wrath". One of the most apparent is as Steinbeck stated, "The Joads passage through a process of education for the heart." Many characters in "The Grapes or Wrath" exhibit this theme, but it is valiantly apparent in the actions of the Joads as a family, Tom, Casy, and Rose of Sharon. Although each person in the Joad family is a separate individual, the family …

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…with the belief that their a part of a great big soul. We can see and realize the gradual yet dramatic transformation of these three characters. Casy lives and dies for others, and at the end Tom will walk in Casy's footsteps. Rose of Sharon soon after follows as she offers her milk to a stranger, she wears an enigmatic smile, suggesting that she, too, has discovered the joy that comes from opening the heart.