Whoever said a road is just a road has not read The Grapes of Wrath. Suddenly the family starts to have hope, they look forward to eating some meat, drinking coffee with sugar, and getting some milk for Rosasharn. Behind the fruitfulness are men of understanding and knowledge, and skill, men who experiment with seed, endlessly developing the techniques for greater crops of plants whose roots will resist the million enemies of the earth: the molds, the insects, the rusts, the blights. And the men are proud, for of their knowledge they can make the year heavy. People are disappointed to smell the fruit as they know it will not be eaten. Steinbeck effectively uses both the potent imagery and clear statements of what he perceives as fact to convey his message.
Ezra Huston tells them that their actions are only hurting their own people. Grape blossoms shed their tiny petals and the hard little beads become green buttons, and the buttons grow heavy. And first the skins wrinkle a little and swarms of flies come to feast, and the valley is filled with the odor of sweet decay. They strike Casy in the head with a pick handle and kill him. Pa's decline and Ma's assumption of the leadership role within the family illustrate the negative inversion of Steinbeck's theme of human dignity as a product of human identity with the land. Prior to his death, he attempts to get Tom to return to the camp and spread word of the strike to the workers. The speaker describes the relation between Mary and Bigger as that between a little girl and a powerful man.
And the hard little pears take shape, and the beginning of the fuzz comes out on the peaches. Press stems, press dirt and rot. In the middle, the mood shifts to a desperate tone as the farmers watch their children die from starvation. These men work carefully and endlessly to perfect the seed, theroots. The centers of the blossoms swell and grow and color: cherries and apples, peaches and pears, figs which close the flower in the fruit.
And children dying of pellagra must die because a profit cannot be taken from an orange. . Instilling that humans cry at the same things. The people come with nets to fish for potatoes in the river, and the guards hold them back; they come in rattling cars to get the dumped oranges, but the kerosene is sprayed. Wainwright talking to Pa, he is concerned about Al and Aggie's relationship. How would they buy oranges at twenty cents a dozen if they could drive out and pick them up? Chapters 25—27 Summary: Chapter 25 Spring is beautiful in California, but, like the migrants, many small local farmers stand to be ruined by large landowners, who monopolize the industry. Unfortunately, for the Joad and Walls families, this is not the case.
Al is staying behind to guard the truck and their possessions. His view of the landowners is obvious by the way he portrays them as greedy and selfish people. All his characters were real people. To counter this practice, the migrants often load stones in their sacks. With Casy's death, the strike is broken, and the wage has been dropped to two-and-a-half cents a box. Being able to read into the farmers private thoughts allows the readers to experience the pain and desperation the farmers feel.
His novel was criticized for its portrayal of both migrant families and Californian farmers, but the condemnation and denunciation of it was excused as his goal was attained; Eleanor Roosevelt made strides toward the first reforms. If hungry people are allowed free food from the fields, store prices will plummet. He comes upon a tent and discovers that one of the men inside is Jim Casy. Ma Joad convinces the others that they must leave the camp the next day. The year is heavy with produce. Steinbeck is helping us to understand the Joad's journey.
Thomas that thirty-five cents is too much, and he has no choice but to pay the lower wages since he is a small landowner. The decay spreads over the State, and the sweet smell is a great sorrow on the land. The novel's main focus was the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes and bank foreclosures forcing tenant famers out of work. The interruption of one life cycle must interrupt another life cycle. The sheriff deputizes more men and orders more guns. Her sassing is calculated to rile him up, figuring that if a man has something to get angry at, he'll be okay.
They are greeted in a friendly manner by the night watchman, who says that there is room for one more family. In the beginning, the author describes springtime in California as a beautiful and tranquil place. Tom immediately grabs the handle and beats Casy's killer. And the yellow fruit falls heavily to the ground and splashes on the ground. Even after the rain finally stops, the workers know they will have to wait three months until the fields will be ready to pick again. The farmers need to earn more for their product if they are going to have a profit, after paying the expenses of growing and picking the fruit. California is naturally fertile meaning it is naturally suitable for growing fruits and crops.
Route 66, also known as the mother road the road of flight, was a lifeline road, which allowed thousands of families to pursue their hopes and dreams. He sneaks back to the house, but he has to tell the family about what has happened. Ma makes him take the seven dollars she has been saving, so he will have some money for his journey. They also believe that this novel should not be read nor discussed in a high school environment. Her assumption of leadership angers Pa, but Ma continues to goad him. A million people hungry, needing the fruit—and kerosene sprayed over the golden mountains.