Grapes of Wrath
Explain how the behavior of the Joads shows Steinbeck’s view of the responsibility of the individual to society as a whole.
Chapter 14 made an interesting point. At one point in the chapter it was stated that a farmer lost his farm. As this man’s family picks up their belongings and heads west they meet up with another family dealing with a similar situation. Now these two families share a common
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The death of her child seems to transform her. At the very end of the novel she breast feeds a dying man. To me this is symbolic of drinking from the milk of human kindness. She gives of herself to save another human being. She too is learning about the fellowship of man.
In conclusion, as the Joad family seemingly disintegrates, they actually merge in to a larger, more universal family – the family of man.