As they near Dagget, the Joads have to stop at another border inspection station, and the officer says that he has to check all their belongings to see that they are not carrying vegetables and seeds. The women are relieved to see the resilient spirit of their men. These men work carefully and endlessly to perfect the seed, theroots. One of the main characters, Ma, shows with great strength the concept of home is not a dwelling or place where you live, but a state of mind. Tom says the driver knows where he has just come from - jail. It is evident that they do not have bright prospects in this region of the dust bowl.
By forcing the farmers from their land, business interests have created the hunger that afflicts the farmers. The Joads make a home for themselves in one of the boxcars that are lined up by the stream. Instead, Casy finds the rules and regulations of Christian teachings severely confining and clearly inapplicable to actual situations. In a Steinbeck novel, setting or environment is of great significance and plays an important role in the shaping of the characters themselves. The one-eyed man provides yet another slant on the American experience.
In contrast to the dreary landscape, the men display an almost Herculean attitude and will to survive. Analysis: Even more than the coming of the dust, the arrival of the bankers is an ominous event. On the other hand, there are critics, such as myself that believe Steinbeck wrote one of the finest pieces in the 20th century. It follows hardships that these people had to face as they traveled. He is a religious icon, a philosopher and a prophet. Casy died for his cause, his belief that the elite were not truly aware of how their greed was causing the suffering of the weak and that the weak could only surpass their sorrows if they worked together. The man, who is returning from California, declares that the handbills are fraudulent: the handbills demand eight hundred people, but attract several thousand people who want to work.
Then the first tendrils of the grapes swelling from the old gnarled vines, cascade down to cover the trunks. But look, when you been in stir a little while, you can smell a question comin' from hell to breakfast. He is the man who baptized Tom and used to hold church meetings for the people of the area; now he indulges himself in whatever desires he has. It rains until the land is soaked, it rains until the land can't hold anymore water and the floods come. The migrants agreeably help each other and fight their loneliness by sharing their experiences of the journey. They used tractors and planted every square inch of land. He describes the arrival of the dust in terms befitting a biblical plague.
The dust storm overwhelms Oklahoma, clouding the air and even blocking out the sun. They were waiting for the reaction of the men, to see whether they would break. The more wealthy travelers drop names and buy vanity products. He establishes an analogy between the Israelites receiving the new Law in their exodus and the establishment of their own laws by the migrants. The speaker describes the relation between Mary and Bigger as that between a little girl and a powerful man. According to them, only a preacher can use educated language, for a preacher can be trusted. After the wind has stopped, an even blanket of dust covers the earth.
This is in huge contrast to later in the book when Ma stands up for herself and her opinion. Tom cannot persuade him to change his mind, and Noah walks down the riverbank. The most striking case of this is his history of sexual activity with the women he converts. Because of its protective shell, however, this collision with the truck only hastens the turtle to the other side of the highway, its original destination. Tom then informs Casy that he was treated relatively well in McAlester.
Tom's description of the prison demonstrates the poverty under which he and his family struggle. Back in the boxcar, she sees Mr. While driving, the truck driver asks questions, and the man finally gives his name, Tom Joad. Tom's family is living with his Uncle John, until they make enough money chopping cotton to buy a car and move to California. According to Steinbeck, mankind is distinguished because men's actions can go beyond the individual man.
According to Steinbeck, personal connection to the land determines ownership. The Western States are experiencing change as the influx of migrant farmers increases. While the other characters expect little more from California than meager survival, Rose of Sharon hopes to live the traditional American dream. Animal cruelty is animal cruelty and should be treated as such regardless of the fact that that animal is just going to be eaten. Their losses and their concerns become communal.