Essay title: The Grapes of Wrath
Tom wonders why the migrants do not organize.
"Well, s'pose them people got together an' says , 'Let 'em rot.' Wouldn' be long 'fore the price went up, by God!" Chapter 20, pg. 315 The man says any migrant who is suspected of attempting to lead other migrants is put in jail or the owners are warned not to hire him. Either way his family starves. Tom says he is not going to take it. The man warns him not to make trouble, and invites him to a meeting that night.Tom goes off to talk to Casey.
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Casey says he see and army of migrants without a leader. He says he has noticed this all the way over from Oklahoma. People ask him to say a pray for them, and he used to think that might help their troubles, but now he does not think so. Casey says he wants to leave, so that maybe he can do some good. Tom tells him to wait till tomorrow, and he agrees.Topic Tracking: Holiness 9Rose of Sharon is sick. Connie says maybe they should have stayed in Oklahoma where he could have learned to drive a tractor. Rose of Sharon eyed him critically, and asks if he is losing hope.
She demands that she have a house before the baby is born. Connie leaves the tent and walks down the road.A crowd of children a drawn around the Joads tent by the smell of Ma's cooking. One girl offers to keep up the fire.
She wants to be invited to dinner. The girl tells ma about a government camp with nice toilets and Saturday night dances.Al visits the young man who is now working on his car. He offers to help, and the man introduces himself as Floyd Knowles. Al tells him about a time he got to drive an expensive car.
Floyd says he better get used to jalopies. A car of men drives by and tells Floyd they have just come from looking for work and cannot find any.Ma serves dinner, but Uncle John cannot eat in front of the circle of hungry children. There is not enough food for them. Ma tells the family to eat inside, and tells the kids they can have what is left.
They scrape the pot clean. Later one of their mothers comes over and tells Ma not to give her children any more food.Topic Tracking: Humanity 6Al tells Tom to come talk to Floyd who tells them there is work 200 miles north. He gave them the tip because Al helped him out with his car. Tom is reluctant to agree to drive that far for work. Al suggests that he might go alone and come back. Tom says Ma will not like that. A nice car drives up, and a man gets out.
He asks the men if they want work in Tulare county. They ask the contractor what he is paying, but he will not state a wage or sign them up to work. Floyd demands that he produce a contractor's license and state a wage. The man signals for the deputy he brought in his car to help him.
The contractor asks the deputy if he recognizes Floyd. He gives.