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Willy Goebel Per. 5 9/28/09 Theme One of the most apparent themes in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is the consequence of inaccurate foresight. The Joad family sees a pamphlet advertising the great benefits of California and immediately decides to move there without considering the possible downsides. Once they arrive, these downsides become evident, and the family is thrown into despair over something they could have predicted. This leads to the Joad downfall, proving that lack of foresight can be fatal or at least devastating. When the Joad family receives a pamphlet detailing the benefits of working in California, the Joad family is given two options. The options are simply to stay or to go, and they decide to go without evaluating the pros and cons of either option. If they had given serious thought about their situation, they would have realized that there were likely thousands of other families that would move to California. This
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