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Plot[ edit ] The narrative begins just after Tom Joad is paroled from McAlester prisonwhere he had been imprisoned after being convicted of homicide.
On his return to his home near Sallisaw, OklahomaTom meets former preacher Jim Casy, whom he remembers from his childhood, and the two travel together. When they arrive at Tom's childhood farm home, they find it deserted. Disconcerted and confused, Tom and Casy meet their old neighbor, Muley Graves, who tells them the family has gone to stay at Uncle John Joad's home nearby.
Graves tells them that the banks have evicted all the farmers, but he refuses to leave the area.
The next morning, Tom and Casy go to Uncle John's. Tom finds his family loading their remaining possessions into a Hudson Motor Car Company sedan converted to a truck; with their crops destroyed by the Dust Bowlthe family has defaulted on their bank loans, and their farm has been repossessed.
Consequently, the Joads see no option but to seek work in California, described in handbills as fruitful and offering high pay. The Joads put everything they have into making the journey. Although leaving Oklahoma would violate his parole, Tom decides it is worth the risk, and invites Casy to join him and his family.
Traveling west on Route 66the Joad family find the road crowded with other migrants. In makeshift camps, they hear many stories from others, some returning from California, and the group worries about lessening prospects.
The family dwindles as well: Grandpa dies along the road, and they bury him in a field; Grandma dies close to the California state line; and both Noah the eldest Joad son and Connie Rivers the husband of the pregnant Joad daughter, Rose of Sharon leave the family.
Led by Ma, the remaining members realize they can only continue, as nothing is left for them in Oklahoma. Reaching California, they find the state oversupplied with labor ; wages are low, and workers are exploited to the point of starvation.
The big corporate farmers are in collusion and smaller farmers suffer from collapsing prices. Weedpatch Campone of the clean, utility-supplied camps operated by the Resettlement Administrationa New Deal agency, offers better conditions but does not have enough resources to care for all the needy families.
Nonetheless, as a Federal facility, the camp protects the migrants from harassment by California deputies. You can't scare him — he has known a fear beyond every other.
The remaining Joads work as strikebreakers in a peach orchard, where Casy is involved in a strike that eventually turns violent. When Tom Joad witnesses Casy's fatal beating, he kills the attacker and flees as a fugitive.John Steinbeck, Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath, –, ed.
Robert DeMott (New York: Viking Press, ) is a series of journal entries kept by the author while writing the novel. Relevant passages from this text are included in Activity 2.
See a complete list of the characters in The Grapes of Wrath and in-depth analyses of Tom Joad, Ma Joad, Pa Joad, Jim Casy, and Rose of Sharon. ANALYSIS. The Grapes of Wrath () John Steinbeck () Steinbeck, more privileged than the characters in his novel, wrote out of deep pity for the, and the fault he had to avoid was sentimentality.
Richard Wright, a Negro, was moved by wrongs he had suffered The Grapes of Wrath. The Grapes of Wrath, the best-known novel by John Steinbeck, published in It evokes the harshness of the Great Depression and arouses sympathy for the struggles of migrant farmworkers.
The book came to be regarded as an American classic. John Steinbeck, Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath, –, ed. Robert DeMott (New York: Viking Press, ) is a series of journal entries kept by the author while writing the novel.
Relevant passages from this text are included in Activity 2. The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Set.