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Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath Paper

If a child was starving right in front of you and you had an overabundance of food, would you help the child, or would you brag to them and throw away the left overs? In a world where 1% of the American population owns 35% of the entire world’s wealth it seems that most humans do not feel remorse for others that are in need and their selfishness takes over their sense of humanity towards others, however occasionally someone gives what little they have in order to help another. In Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath he shows man’s true inhumanity to man by giving examples of moral values being completely washed away when money is involved and mans humanity to man with unselfishness and equality.

Police officers in the novel The Grapes of Wrath often take advantage of their power and boss around the “Okies” because they know that the law will take their side. An example of this is when a contractor comes to the Hooverville that the Joads are living at, Floyd demands to know the exact amount of the wages that the workers would be payed so the cop accused him of being a “red” for speaking like that and threatened to arrest him for a crime that he did not commit just for talking back, then when Floyd ran away the cop attempted to shoot him but missed and shot an innocent woman, this shows that the police officers will stop at nothing to take the “Okies” down and do not care who they hurt in the process. When the Joad family lived in a government camp the police could not come inside of the camp without a warrant. Not being allowed in government camps outraged the police. In order to attempt to shut down the government camps the officers plotted to find a way to get in without a warrant and shut the camp down. The cops planned a riot from inside of the camp and paid poor men to go in and try to start up trouble, luckily Tom and the other camp members found out beforehand and stopped the men before anything went on. It is clear…

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