Tom hides in the orchard until he can make his way back to the ranch. They are assigned a house and told they can start work right away. Most have not had anything to eat today. There isn't anything to define them as a. Ezra Huston tells them that their actions are only hurting their own people. The big corporations soon bought out most of the land in the Mid-West and many families were soon forced to make their living by other means. If nothing else, they learn that jobs are scarce, there are certain ways to behave, and what to look for so you aren't cheated when you finally do find work.
They decide to work the next day, but Tom stays in the house so no one can see his injuries. These poor animals are a product. Add sulphur and tannic acid. And the canned pears do not spoil. Tom pulls off the road, and looks for an alternate route. I don't believe these animals have any rights. Steinbeck begins the chapter with splendid imagery to depict a beautiful and prosperous California.
Depression the period of economic depression which began in 1929 and lasted through most of the 1930s. So the big farms decide to leave mountains of fruit out to spoil. Departure Tom tells the family to pack up, only to learn that Connie has left and Uncle John went to get drunk. This is a call to action by Steinbeck meant to spur the impoverished people of California to revolt as Jim Casy and Tom did. In chapters 6-13 , the landscape of California changes for the worst as Steinbeck tries to describe the damage that the men have inflicted on California. Migrants drive to pick up discarded fruit, but men are dispatched to spray the fruit with kerosene and burn it.
Jim tells Tom about his experience in prison and reports that he now works to organize the migrant farmers. The truck has a flat tire, and as they are fixing it, a man in a suit and heavy jewelry pulls up in a roadster with news of employment: the Joads can go to work picking peaches only thirty-five miles away. Steinbeck uses an array of rhetorical devices such as symbolism and the use of a instructive tone which gives the reader a sense of being sermonized to portray the greed of the elite and how that fuels the wrath of the weak, while also empowering the weak to join together and warning the elite of the inevitable consequences of their greed. Tom refuses, not yet ready for this discipleship, but after Casy's death and a long period of reflection, he will be able to continue the work that Casy has begun. Jim tells him that he and a few other men are leading a strike against the farm owner, because he starts out paying five cents a box and then cuts the pay to two and a half cents a box. Afterward, Ma leaves the kettle out so the kids can clean out the leftovers.
This is meant to show the injustice that the poor people had to go through and the greed that the corporations exemplified. This short chapter offers a succinct portrayal of one of the major themes of the larger work. Tom and Uncle John deal with their inner demons differently, with John hitting the bottle and Ma attempting to soothe the raging beast within Tom. Al indicates he wants to go there, even though it is 200 miles away. Throughout his book, Steinbeck recounts the… 1622 Words 7 Pages The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck, widely viewed as one of the most finest and powerful American writer, born to a middle-class family in 1902 in the Salinas Valley of California.
Al turns the truck north, keeping to the back roads to avoid any cops. Knowing he would be recognized because of his broken nose, he stays in the house with Rosasharn while the rest of the Joads work. The Joads are being paid five cents because they are strikebreakers. He is turned back by an armed guard as he walks down the main street of the farm camp. And the men are proud, for of their knowledge they can make the year heavy.
Some of the owners are crooked and rig the scales used to weigh the cotton. After supper Tom decides to walk out to the road to see what all the commotion was about. Jim learned from his time in jail that if enough people stand together change can occur. He finds a way to slip out underneath the fence that encircles the farm. And always they work, selecting, grafting, changing, driving themselves, driving the earth to produce. A feeling illuminated by the harsh situations in life as seen in The Pearl and The Grapes of Wrath.
He explains that the owner of the peach orchards cut wages to two-and-a-half cents a box, so the men went on strike. And on the level vegetable lands are the mile-long rows of pale green lettuce and the spindly little cauliflowers, the gray-green unearthly artichoke plants. Lesson Summary The Joad family buries Granma and sets out to look for work. Steinbeck employs chronic symbols, motifs, and specific narrative intervals to connect each intercalary chapter with its neighboring narrative counterparts in order to unify and strengthen the dominant themes of the novel. Chapter 22 Summary Late at night after leaving the Hooverville, the Joads arrive at a government-funded camp called Weedpatch.
The men who work in the experimental farms have made new fruits: nectarines and forty kinds of plums, walnuts with paper shells. Intuitively understanding that Pa needs to be angered in order to find his strength, she uses her impudence to spur him to action. Through traveling and journalism, and his study of people, he has carved his way of thinking to that of the average man. The situation seems to be going from bad to worse for the Joad family. As Casy protests that the men are only helping to starve children, one of them crushes his skull with a pick handle. It is a man looking to hire people to work for him.
Pa is upset that Ma has assumed the task of decision-making, a responsibility that typically belongs to the male head of the household. He creates a sense of hope which is only to be destroyed later on in the chapter. This event is not too different than most that citizens living during the Dust Bowl had to deal with. All California quickens with produce, and the fruit grows heavy, and the limbs bend gradually under the fruit so that little crutches must be placed under them to support the weight. They are greeted in a friendly manner by the night watchman, who says that there is room for one more family. Steinbeck effectively uses both the potent imagery and clear statements of what he perceives as fact to convey his message. The turtle lands on its back and then has to greatly struggle to cross the road.