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The family is again destitute. Rose of Sharon's child, who represented the possibilities for the future, is stillborn. Many readers might feel distraught: the Joad's journey is futile. Yet the final scene in The Grapes of Wrath is one meant to instil a modicum of hope. The debilitated Rose of Sharon breastfeeds the starving man in the barn to sustain him. She gives what was meant for her baby to a complete stranger, an example of selfless sacrifice for the sake of community instead of adherence to individual well-being.