Character: Migrant Workers within the camp
Summary and analysis of Chapter 23: Migrant workers within the camp drink sing and play music in order to alleviate some of the stress coming from the hard economic times. Families spend money on alcohol and drink and gather around the campfire for songs and stories. This chapter truly shows how the migrants are feeling and even though many of them have little to no hope. They find time to get away from it all for a little bit and are able to leave their worries behind for a short period of time. As the story continues we see that many have found salvation or hope through these activities and the preacher's sermons around the fire and baptism's show that many people have found salvation either through religion or through the formation of relationships within the camp.
Theme: The main theme in this chapter appears to be the fact that the migrants how found a way to forget about there problems. Many have also found salvation and hope in religion and beliefs that have helped them continue through the rough economic times. Another theme is the coming together of various cultures and customs and coming together to share and create a new type of music and forms of entertainment to forget about the difficult times
Passage:"the stars are close and dear and I have joined the brotherhood of the worlds. And everything's holy-everything, even me."
Characters: Jule Vitela, Timothy Wallace, Ma Joad, Ruthie, Winfield, Al, Rose of Sharon, Pa, Uncle John, Tom, Willie Eaton, Ezra Huston.
Summary and Analysis: Uncle John and Pa leave to look for work opportunities While they are gone Willie, Huston, Timothy, Jule and Tom come together to find the a culprit that has been sent to start a riot in order for the police to have the opportunity to close the shelter and camp down. They capture the men after Jule spots one of them trying to mess with another mans women in order to start a fight. But no fight occurs they interrogate and kick the men out of the camp. In this chapter we see how much the police is trying to eliminate and get rid of the camp. The cops devise a plan that will grant them the right to close the facility that a large amount of families have become dependent on. The attempt to destroy the camp is one that is both malicious and selfish of the farmers association and shows how greedy yet scared they are of the migrants.
Theme: In this chapter we see the act of the farming association attempt to eliminate the camp that many families have become dependent on. They have begun to send in undercover members in hopes of starting a riot and therefore getting the authority to enter and close the camp down. The theme in this chapter most likely is the teamwork used in order to find the undercover members. They succeed and save the camp from the devious plan.
Passage: "Don't knife your own folks . . . . You're jes' harmin' yourself."