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The Transformation of Tom Joad in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath Essay

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In John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad is the protagonist. After serving four years in jail for murder, he is finally out on parole. When Tom is first introduced, he is portrayed as a negative character. Tom is stubborn and likes things to go his way. In the beginning of the novel Tom lives his life day by day, the future does concern him. Throughout the novel Tom develops from a man only interested in his own independent personal needs and desires to someone who is devoted to his family, and is willing to sacrifice his own personal comfort for their benefit. By the end of the novel Tom Joad transformed from a negative character into a positive character who cares about the future of his nation and the families that are struggling to live in it.
In the beginning of the novel Tom Joad is introduced as a hitch-hiker that had just been released from prison. Right away, Tom is put in a negative light when compared to the truck driver. When a bee flew into the cab, the driver calmly led it out the window. When a grasshopper was on the dashboard, Tom crushed it with ...


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