How To California Suffered In The Grapes Of Wrath

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“They were despised by New Yorkers. They were filthy and illiterate. They stank of fish and garlic. They had running sores. They had no honor and worked for nothing.” This excerpt is a story about how much the immigrants have suffered, how unfairly they’ve been treated, and how their family fell apart. This excerpt relates to The Grapes of Wrath because the Joads went through the same cycle. In the beginning of The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck, The Joads have been kicked out of their own home. So they decide to go to California because they’ve heard that it’s a nice place and there are many jobs there. “Once over the line maybe you can pick cotton in the fall. Maybe you can go on relief. Why don't you go on west to California? There's work…show more content…
They went to California, hoping they could find a good job where they could earn plenty of money. On their way to California, they met up with people who were coming back from California who told them that living in California was a bad choice. “I tried to tell you folks," he said. "Somepin it took me a year to find out. Took two kids dead, took my wife dead to show me. But I can't tell you. I should of knew that. Nobody couldn't tell me, neither. I can't tell ya about them little fellas layin' in the tent with their bellies puffed out an' jus' skin on their bones, an' shiverin' an' whinin' like pups, an' me runnin' aroun' tryin' to get work—not for money, not for wages!" he shouted. "Jesus Christ, jus' for a cup a flour an' a spoon a lard. An' then the coroner come. 'Them children died a heart failure,' he said.” But the Joads didn’t let that stop them. This shows how hopeful and strong the Joads were. When they get to California they stop at a camp, but staying at that camp was very expensive. “The proprietor said, "If you wanta pull in here an' camp it'll cost you four bits. Get a place to camp an' water an' wood. An' nobody won't bother you." "What the hell," said Tom. "We can sleep in the ditch right beside the road, an' it won't cost nothin'.” So they go and find another camp, but they still got treated poorly, and no matter how hard they worked, they still got less…show more content…
We don't look up to nobody. Grampa's grampa, he fit in the Revolution. We was farm people till the debt. And then—them people. They done somepin to us. Ever' time they come seemed like they was a-whippin' me—all of us. An' in Needles, that police. He done somepin to me, made me feel mean. Made me feel ashamed. An' now I ain't ashamed. These folks is our folks—is our folks. An' that manager, he come an' set an' drank coffee, an' he says, 'Mrs. Joad' this, an' 'Mrs. Joad' that—an' 'How you gettin' on, Mrs. Joad?'" She stopped and sighed, "Why, I feel like people again."” From the beginning, the Joads have always stayed together, but as they continued their journey, their family started to fall apart. First Noah claims that he doesn’t want to continue this journey with his family anymore. He wants to stay by the river, and live there. Later there was this huge fight at camp with Floyd and this cop. Tom was involved in this fight as well, so Casy told Tom to run away while he took the blame. Casy ended up in jail. “"Somebody got to take the blame. I got no kids. They'll jus' put me in jail, an' I ain't doin' nothin' but set aroun'."” Later, Ma convinced Tom to stay and hide with them, so he did. Tom later finds Casy, but Casy gets killed by a cop. Tom later realizes it’s not safe for him to stay with his family, so he leaves also. “I'll be ever'where—wherever you look. Wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever they's a cop beatin'

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