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United We Stand - The Grapes of Wrath

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Edgard Navarrete 10/4/02 Per.3 United We Stand In his novel the Grapes of Wrath John Stienbeck, demonstrates how people with self-interest need to help others and be helped to survive. With the aid of others, families were able to overcome obstacles and get by easier . In the novel the people who come together are the ones who survive. By people (migrants) turning to communalism the chances for survival was greatly increased. "Twenty-families became one family, the children were the children of all, the loss of home became one loss and golden time in the west was one dream"(ch.1 pg.39). ...read more.


Some people changed their views on communalism. A person who had a change of heart was Mae, the waitress at the truck stop. Mae was reluctant about helping the traveling migrants who came to the truck stop. One day a man and his two children came to the truck stop looking to buy a loaf of bread, but the man was begging her to sell him the bread cheaper than what it was worth. "Won't you, can't you take off ten cents off the price",(pg.323). ...read more.


In the final scene of the book where a dying man trapped in a flood was about to die Stienbeck gives a kind of exclamation to his idea of communalism. Rose of Sharon in an act of kindness breast feeds the man saving his life. This is an ultimate symbol of human kinship. In this last scene Stienbeck illustrates how people need others to progress and make it in life. In conclusion communalism was very important to the well being of the migrants. When the migrants came together they were more likely to reach California. In the face of adversity , the live hood of migrants and people in general depends on the their union. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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