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The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 1 Summary

1. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 1 Summary

The first chapter of ''The Grapes of Wrath'' takes us right into the story line. In this lesson we will take a look at just what matters from Chapter 1, including opening details and the basic set up for the rest of the book.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 2 Summary

2. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 2 Summary

In Chapter 2 of 'The Grapes of Wrath,' we meet a stranger in some brand new clothes - an odd thing for the poor and destitute of dusty Oklahoma. Find out more details in this lesson.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 3 Summary

3. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 3 Summary

Chapter Three of 'The Grapes of Wrath' focuses on a turtle as it climbs an embankment and crosses a street, overcoming various obstacles along the way. This is a famous chapter in the book, both for its attention to detail and because it works as an allegory for the Joads' struggles throughout their journey.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 4 Summary

4. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 4 Summary

This lesson will summarize Chapter 4 of John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath.' In this chapter, Tom Joad runs into the preacher Jim Casy, who reveals his doubts in organized religion. Casy outlines his new philosophy, and the two men walk toward the Joad homestead together, only to find it abandoned.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 5 Summary

5. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 5 Summary

Chapter 5 of 'The Grapes of Wrath' gives us even more detail about what happens because of the drought. We get to see a few important exchanges between the owners of the land and the tenants of the land. In this lesson, we will take a close look at just what happens and what is said.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 6 Summary

6. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 6 Summary

In Chapter 6 of ''The Grapes of Wrath,'' Tom and Casy finally make it to Tom's house, but get a shock when they arrive. We also meet a new character, and Casy makes an important decision.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 7 Summary

7. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 7 Summary

In this chapter 7 summary of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, we learn about used car lots of the Great Depression. More specifically, we learn about the shady sales practices on these lots and which cars are easiest to sell.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 8 Summary

8. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 8 Summary

In this lesson, we will summarize Chapter 8 of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. In this chapter, Tom and Casy reunite with Tom's family, who are preparing to move to California after losing their farm.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 9 Summary

9. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 9 Summary

In chapter nine of John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath'', those heading west pawn their goods in an attempt to recoup some of the monetary value from them rather than throw them away. They end up selling a part of themselves in the process.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 10 Summary

10. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 10 Summary

Chapter 10 in ''The Grapes of Wrath'' covers the final preparations for the trip to California, including decisions about taking along Casy, whether the animals should come, and which possessions must be left behind.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 11 Summary

11. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 11 Summary

Chapter 11 of ''The Grapes of Wrath'' focuses on the houses that are left behind as those who abandoned them travel west, as well as the different relationships that distant land-owners have with the land, compared to those who used to work the land themselves.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 12 Summary

12. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 12 Summary

Chapter 12 of ''The Grapes of Wrath'' takes us on a journey from the Midwest to California. Along the way, we learn just how hard it is and how cruel people can be. We also learn that kindness and faith show up during tragedies and tough times.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 13 Summary

13. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 13 Summary

Chapter 13 of 'The Grapes of Wrath' has a few really important events - including two deaths and discussions of a birth. In this lesson we will take a look at some of the important highlights from the chapter.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 14 Summary

14. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 14 Summary

If you are reading 'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck, you might find some of the philosophical and poetic chapters to be tough reading. Don't worry. In this lesson we will take a look at some of the quotes and happenings from Chapter 14 and what Steinbeck might be getting at with them.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 15 Summary

15. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 15 Summary

This lesson will summarize chapter 15 of John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath.' Chapter 15 is one of the intercalary chapters, describing the goings-on in a roadside diner on Route 66.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 16 Summary

16. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 16 Summary

While fleeing Oklahoma, moving across one state border to another, the Joads and Wilsons are faced with repairing their broken down car seventy-five miles from the nearest town in chapter 16 of ''The Grapes of Wrath.''

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 17 Summary

17. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 17 Summary

Chapter 17 of ''The Grapes of Wrath'' take us into the world of the migrants as they move along Highway 66. In this lesson, we will take a look at what life was like, especially at the camp sites, as families move westward in search of a better life.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 18 Summary

18. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 18 Summary

Chapter 18 from John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath'' describes the journey of the Joad family as they travel across the Arizona desert. This brief journey finds them learning more about themselves, and how they are perceived.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 19 Summary

19. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 19 Summary

Chapter 19 of 'The Grapes of Wrath' takes a close look at what it means to own land. Not the dictionary definition of 'own,' but what ownership does to a person's soul. The chapter also explores why the migrants do not rise up and fight for their needs to be met.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 20 Summary

20. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 20 Summary

John Steinbeck brings the Joad family to Hooverville in the twentieth chapter of ''The Grapes of Wrath.'' The prospects for jobs are nonexistent, and the inner demons from several family members begin to emerge.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 21 Summary

21. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 21 Summary

Chapter 21 of 'The Grapes of Wrath' looks at how the mass migration of people from Oklahoma affected the places where they settled. Find out how the migrants were received and what the results were by reading on.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 22 Summary

22. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 22 Summary

In the twenty-second chapter of 'The Grapes of Wrath', John Steinbeck provides the Joad family with a moment to catch their breath as they arrive at a government camp. Life in the camp is similar to a commune, but it restores dignity to the downtrodden.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 23 Summary

23. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 23 Summary

Chapter 23 of 'The Grapes of Wrath' gives us an idea of what the migrants do for entertainment. If you've been following along in the book, you'll remember that they don't have much money. Read on to find out how they got their kicks on a small budget.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 24 Summary

24. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 24 Summary

Chapter 24 of 'The Grapes of Wrath' concerns a dance held at the government camp, including an attempt by the Farmers Association to start a fight and get the migrant workers in trouble with the police.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 25 Summary

25. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 25 Summary

Chapter 25 of 'The Grapes of Wrath' begins with a description of ripe produce. By the end of the chapter, however, we learn that small farmers cannot afford to harvest their fruit and it all goes to waste, leaving the public angry.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 26 Summary

26. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 26 Summary

Chapter 26 of ''The Grapes of Wrath'' has the Joads leaving the government camps to move north, where they hope to find work. But things do not go as planned, and Tom is involved in a serious fight in which Casy dies and Tom murders a man.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 27 Summary

27. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 27 Summary

Chapter 27 of ''The Grapes of Wrath'' describes the experience of migrants who find work picking cotton. Although the work is not highly paid, and the people weighing the cotton are often corrupt, the workers are grateful to have some work as long as it lasts, and find solidarity with one another.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 28 Summary

28. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 28 Summary

Chapter 28 of ''The Grapes of Wrath'' covers the Joads' new home in a boxcar, Ruthie's mistake in telling Tom's secret, and Tom's decision to leave. We also learn that Tom has changed his worldview, and that Al is going to get married.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 29 Summary

29. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 29 Summary

Chapter 29 of ''The Grapes of Wrath'' describes truly desperate times for the migrant families. The rains come and do not stop, leaving men in the position of begging and stealing to help their families survive until there's work again.

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 30 Summary

30. The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 30 Summary

Chapter 30 of 'The Grapes of Wrath', the final chapter of the book, includes Rose of Sharon having her baby -- a stillbirth -- and the Joad family having to move along again once their boxcar is flooded.

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