Violence In The Grapes Of Wrath

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Violence 'But where does it stop? Who can we shoot? I don't aim to starve to death before I kill the man that's starving me.' Says a mad Tenant to a Driver who is trying to take down his house in the beginning of the book. The Tenant has no choice but to move out in search for a nonviolent life. The security guards, farmers, and officers were violating the Okies that migrated to California. There wasn't violence among themselves as much as how officers, farmers, guards influenced on them. For example, the guard killed Casy and Tom returned the favor. Also, when the officer started shooting at the crowd of migrating people and then shot a lady in the hand. On top of that, the officers tried to enter the government camp by letting other Okies …show more content…

One example of revenge from The Grapes of Wrath is when the guard ran after Casy and hit him with a pick handle that killed him. Then Tom grabs the handle to beat Casy's killer and return the favor. The violence here is unjustified in every direction. One man cannot take another man’s life for starting a riot that’s against the constitution and everything to do with humanity. In the book the government did not show the officers prosecuting the law. Most of the officers hated the people who migrated to California to find better lives. However, Tom had no right to return the favor witch made him an outlaw on his parole. In The Grapes of Wrath the times back then the government was busy dealing with the Great …show more content…

The officers didn’t pay the Okies because they were caught by the camp leaders and were let go ashamed of themselves threatened not to come back. It came to the point where the officers will go against the law to commit violence on poor and innocent migrating people. Indeed the officers abused their power by making this transaction. The violence here was premeditated to accomplish an unreasonable goal. You could argue that violence is necessary to enforce discipline and to obey the laws. Violence doesn’t achieve anything it simply make people fight back. In every difficult situation the Joads faced they got through it. Ma wanted the family to stick together and used a little violence but in the end everyone will go there ways into different lives. Clearly, violence is an option not to be made, but negotiating will one

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