Monday, October 22, 2012

Ch. 23 and 24- Grapes of Wrath

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."

Chapter 24
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." 


  1. Good use of Chapter 24 quote, perfectly fits the summary.

  2. Chapter 23 reminded me of our modern day world today because the families used music to escape a rough time that they were going through. This is the same as our world today when we are having a bad day we sometimes use music to relieve ourselves of stress. Also, some artists today use lyrics in their songs to alleviate stress or anger they are feeling with every problems, such a government, for example.

  3. I think that chapter 23 really tries to explain how the people of these camps survived and made it through such a difficult time in our history. The only way anyone could ever make it through such a thing was to get away from the stress and get out or reality. in chapter 23 it explains that people would dance and play music or drink and they would take there mind away from their sorrows and have a little fun. I think you did a great job in explaining this and you quote really helped prove it.


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