The Joad Family In The Grapes Of Wrath

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The Joad family, as described in “The Grapes of Wrath,” is what some might refer to as a typical family of the 1930’s. There is a working father who is the head of the house and its decisions; a stay at home mom who cooks and cleans; and six children of various ages and character who have their own responsibilities around the house and get up to all sorts of mischief. Like most other families in this time period, the Joads also live with some of their extended family like Pa’s parents and Pa’s brother, Uncle John.

In comparison, my family is comprised of my two working parents, me, my 14 year old sister, and my seven year old brother. Even though both of my parents work, my mom still does more of the what used to be known as the “feminine” responsibilities around the house, like cooking and cleaning, in the same manner as Ma Joad, while my dad does the more “masculine” jobs like fixing
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In those cases, the leadership role becomes more dictatorial.
In “The Grapes of Wrath” it explains how vital Pa is to the family. It describes how he is the leader and how he looks out for his family constantly and what he can do to help them. He wonders about the future and how he can make it better under the circumstances weighing on the family. Just by a few examples, it seems to me that the leadership role in the Joad family is generally democratic as well.
I have noticed that my dad and my sister have a similar way that they receive love, through material goods, my brother receives love mostly through spending quality time with people, and my mom receives love through productive actions like helping out around the house. As for me, I appreciate love mostly through company, I like to converse with people and I like to be
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