Grapes Of Wrath By Steinbeck
In the beginning of the chapter the book Steinbeck discusses the earth. It tells
how dry the soil is and how even walking stirred up a dust cloud. It tells how
the people have adapted such as wearing mask and goggles to protect the air they
breathe. The people were devastated by the dust storms that block out the sun
and the stars. The land is dry and cracked, the crops are withered and dieing;
much like the peoples spirits. Chapter 2 The chapter starts out at a truck stop.

Steinbeck implies the importance of a truck stop to truckers. It provides a
driver conversation and entertainment with people. The workers are to the driver
a distant family. Truck stops provide companionship with people in the same
industry and know what it feels like. This is where Steinbeck introduces Tom

Joad. Tom and the driver are both dressed in new clothes but, unlike the driver

Tom’s clothes came from McCalaster. McCalaster is a prison where he spent four
years, in punishment for homicide. Tom was at the truck stop looking for a ride.

He sat on the running board of a rig, until the driver came out. Tom questioned
if the owner of the truck would actually stop him from giving Tom a ride. The
driver gave in and let Tom ride along. Chapter 3 This chapter was first about
the dry grasses along a highway, and then about a turtle. I think the
significance of the turtle in the chapter is to show that all living things must
keep moving to survive. Also, to show that there are two types of people in this
world, kind people and mean people. When the turtle was on the road a lady tried
to miss hitting the turtle. While a man swerved to hit it; thus flipping the
turtle over on his back. The turtle struggled back on to his stomach and
continued on. Chapter 4 Tom was walking down a gravel road on his way home and
picked up a turtle as a present for his brother and sister. As he went along he
grew tired from the hot Oklahoma sun and stopped at a tree along the road and
met an old friend named Jim Casy. Jim used to be a preacher but, had lost the
calling. Now Jim just bummed around the area and theorized about life. The only
information Jim was able to give Tom, was that things were changing and people
were leaving, due to the drought. In the end of the chapter Jim decided to go
with Tom to his old house to visit. Chapter 5 The chapter discussed a political
monster. Steinbeck talked about the banks and how the banks ordered the people
off the land. The men could do nothing. The wanted to rotate the crops but, they
were out of time. There was nothing left that they could do. The corporations
were the monsters and the banks worked for the corporations. The banks sent out
tractors at the corporate commands. They sent tractors to till the soil and make
it into one big field, plowing over anything it the way; and the families fled.

Chapter 6 Tom and Casy went to the house and found it deserted. The house was
leaning and knocked off it’s foundation. The tools were gone, the water trough
dry and cracked and the well dry. There was cotton planted right up around the
house where there never was any before. The only thing that was left was a gray
cat. As they sat on the porch a man came along, just walking created a huge
cloud of dust. The man’s name was Muley graves, he had lost his farm also but
decided to stay. Tom was lucky that Muley stopped, Muley explained how a man
came and told them kindly to get off the land and the man was sorry but it
wasn’t his decision. He also brought along rabbits that they cleaned and ate
for dinner. After dinner a deputy showed up, and they ran out to the cotton
field and hid. The deputy would not come out in the field, because Muley had hit
him one time. After the deputy left they went down by the creek and slept in a
shallow cave. Chapter 7 The chapter discusses the car sales men. It talks about
how they take up peoples time then make them feel bad so they will buy
something. Or how they will put saw dust