The Grapes of Wrath

what lessons do Jim Casy and Tom Joad learn while in prison?

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Tom is still largely self-centered before and during his prison sentence. It is only after Casy dies that he really takes his socially-conscious message to heart. By sacrificing himself for Tom, however, it is Casy that is radically changed by prison. He takes up his task of defending the poor and the helpless while there.