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THE SUPREMACY OF FAMILIES AND GROUPS

There are two families in The Grapes of Wrath; the Joads and the fellowships of the migrant workers.

Throughout the text, loyalty and trust proves to be the bond which holds together the Joad family. However, this loyalty is not bound by blood. It has no boundaries past the immediate family, similar to how the family has no home to define any boundaries. Thus, the “group” must be able to merge with others. This is demonstrated when the Joads meet the Wilsons. The two families merged together as they bonded with the telling of personal hardships and as they were all committed to one another’s survival. This commitment is much like the commitment of the shields on a turtle, and the hand-like formations of jellyfish.

This merging of families and groups was also shown in the migrant community, “families became one family, the children were the children of all. The loss of home became one loss, and the golden time in the West was one dream.” The lives of the migrants became evidently dependent on their union when presented with conflict.

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