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Literary Conflict in The Grapes of Wrath

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The Grapes of Wrath Literary Conflict man vs man, man vs self, man vs society

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  • MAN vs MAN
  • MAN vs SELF
  • MAN vs SOCIETY
  • LET US WORK!
  • STOP THE ABUSE!
  • Let's all work together for our own thing-- all farm our own lan'!
  • WE WANT FAIR WAGES!
  • The locals feel threatened by the sudden wave of migrants coming into their communities. When the Joads leave the Hooverville camp, they are confronted by an angry crowd of men who swarm the truck. The men force the Joads to turn around, telling them, “We ain't gonna have no goddamn Okies in this town.”
  • Tommy doesn’t feel particularly bad about the murder he committed, because it was done in self-defense. However, he doesn’t really feel like he fits in, either. His family has been uprooted, and now they’ve arrived in another part of the country where there is no work or opportunities for them. He wishes that he could do more to help his family. Tommy finally finds his calling after Casy’s death, but it takes him a lot of internal struggling to arrive at this conclusion.
  • Tommy Joad decides to stand up for the migrant workers, even in the face of the wealthy farmers who are actively working to take advantage of them. The communities of California try to control this influx of migrant workers by calling those who demand fair wages, “communists”. In reality, they are just trying to call attention to the criminal practices of the wealthy farmers, and fight for a wage that will support their families.
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