Grapes of Wrath Synopsis

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The Grapes of Wrath


The Grapes of Wrath is a story about the Joad family and their 1800 mile journey to the supposedly job plentiful California. The family in the beginning of the book were sharecroppers in Oklahoma and were soon thrown off their land by the bank. There had been a long drought and the family were not making enough profit to keep the land. The trip to California begins the Joad family which includes: Grandpa, Pa, Tom, Noah, Rose of Sharon, Ruthie and Winfield, Uncle John, Al, Ma, and Tom who has just got out of jail brings along a former preacher Jim Casey. They buy a used truck and pile their belongings on to it. At the last minute Grandpa Joad refuses to go, the family proceeds to numb him with medicine and load him onto the truck against his will.

Soon after they began Grandpa dies and the family buries him alongside Route 66. While coming into the last leg of the trip to California, Grandma dies.

The family reaches California with two family members less than when it did when they started. They soon discover that the jobs in California are not plentiful at all and they are not welcome because they are migrants. They do eventually find work but at wages which are so low it is hard for them to even pay for food. Because of the current financial state of the family they have to settle for living in squalid camps which are called Hoovervilles. Tom gets into a fight at one of the camps with an abusive deputy. The sheriff soon comes to arrest Tom, but Casey offers to go in his place. The family soon...