Many believe that Steinbeck's time among California's working class lent to his ability to accurately depict the lives of migrant workers in this novel - and several others. Some truckers at the coffee shop see this interchange and leave Mae an extra-large tip. Having seen handbills advertising fruit-picking jobs in California, they envision the trip to California as their only hope of getting their lives back on track. At this camp, the Joads find some comfort and friendship, but only Tom can find work. The police are under the control of the local landowners and they hate the people from Oklahoma most. On his travels home, Tom meets a onetime preacher, Jim Casy, a talkative man gripped by doubts over religious teachings and the presence of sin. Pa gets the rest of the men from the boxcars to help build a dam to protect the boxcars.
En route to California, Grama Joad had gotten sicker and sicker. As they exit Oklahoma and enter Texas, the car breaks down and needs a new engine part. Dilapidated cars and trucks, loaded down with scrappy possessions, clog Highway 66: it seems the entire country is in flight to the Promised Land of California. Tom wants the family to continue on toward California, while he and Casy stay behind and fix the car. First-edition dust jacket of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 1939 ; artwork by Elmer Hader. He meets Jim Casy, a former preacher who has given up his calling out of a belief that all life is holy—even the parts that are typically thought to be sinful—and that sacredness consists simply in endeavoring to be an equal among the people.
The Joads are still in town, staying at Uncle John Joad's house. The message of the book is of hope and determination. They do, but Granma dies in the car. The Joads make it into California and find a camp in which to stay. He gets a ride from a trucker who drops him off in front of the road that leads to his house.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath was written in 1939 and portrays life in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Also Rosasharn has become very ill and gives birth to a stillborn child. They and the others in their circumstances were victims of nature and greed. In this image, Steinbeck powerfully dramatizes the desperate plight of Depression-era migrant workers, whom the author felt had been abandoned by society. In California people denied what was in The Grapes of Wrath. So the Joads leave, with the exception of Casy who got mixed up in the run-in with the sheriff, and they find another government camp that is clean, fair, and protected from the police. Life is going well until Ruthie, Tom's youngest sister, tells a girl about Tom.
The family moves on again, because they are told the camp is going to burned down that night. The Joads drive to Bakersfield. The sheriff tells everyone that the camp will be burned. When Tom and a friend from the Hooverville try to negotiate better wages from a contractor, they get into a tussle with a deputy. They stop in a migrant encampment, where they speak with a man named Floyd Knowles, who informs them that jobs are scarce, available pay is poor, and families are literally starving to death in the makeshift migrant camps. Casy is killed when someone hits him in the head with a pick-axe.
They soon reach a barn, in which they find a small boy and a starving man. Finally, betrayal plays a big role in the story. At the government camp, the Joads are shocked to find how well the other residents treat them and how efficiently this society which even features democratic elections functions. While there he and his new friends, the Wilkies, find out the big landowners are going to try to start trouble at the Saturday night dance, so the police can be brought into the camp. They head north toward the government camp.
The historical context of the time, as well as the author's own efforts to personally understand the story he was telling, were driving forces in the creation of this literary realism novel. © 1940 Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation Tom Joad, newly released from prison after serving a sentence for manslaughter, makes his way home, and along the way he is joined by Jim Casy, a former preacher. Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The Joads give the Wilsons some money and then leaves them. Before the Joads set out on their journey again, they find a man returning from California, who tells them that there is no work there and that the promises of work in the flyers are all fraudulent.
With Grandma Joad nearly dead, the family packs up and makes the final push into California. Depicted in the novel is the plight of American migrant workers, mirroring the problems of real Americans at the time. The Multiplying Effects of Selfishness and Altruism According to Steinbeck, many of the evils that plague the Joad family and the migrants stem from selfishness. The family comes across a Hooverville after making arrangements to have Granma buried by the county. The Grapes of Wrath, for many, humanized the experiences being felt across the country, in a story that spanned job loss, hardship and the pursuit of the American dream.