Tom finds work, but it lasts only for a few days. As Ma returns to the boxcar, the owner of a small farm stops her and tells her he needs pickers for his twenty acres. However, an uprooted tree cascades into the dam and destroys it. When a storm arrives, Rose of Sharon catches a chill and becomes sick. The tractors are often driven by the farmers' neighbors, who explain that their own families have nothing to eat and that the banks pay several dollars a day.
Steinbeck had a harder time choosing a title for the book than he did writing it; his wife helped him think of the phrase ''the grapes of wrath,'' which comes from a couple different sources. Tom immediately flees the scene, crawling through a stream to get back to the family's cabin. Now the owner has hired a new group of men in hopes of breaking the strike. Some of these amusements are not exactly innocent: drunkenness is common because it softens loneliness and pain. Various types of animals, for instance, play important roles in the novel.
Since the police can only enter the camp if there is trouble, they intend to plant intruders there who will instigate violence. Rose of Sharon delivers a stillborn child that Uncle John sends in a box down the creek. The next day he and Jim Casey, a former preacher, find the rest of the Joads preparing to leave for California. Backup officers arrive and arrest Casy. The film and the novel are both about Tom Joad, played by Henry Fonda, who collaborated with John Ford several times.
He comes upon his father, Pa Joad, piling the family's belongings outside. Tom goes into hiding, while the family moves into a boxcar on a cotton farm. Back at the camp, Ruthie and Winfield are exploring the premises, and are fascinated by the toilets; however, they are frightened by the flushing sound. The camp has running hot and cold water, indoor plumbing, and no police are allowed into the camp. The man complains tearfully of the injustices of his job. Tom Joad The chief protagonist of the novel.
Tom also reunites with fiery old Grampa and Granma Joad, and with his withdrawn and slow-moving brother Noah. The play debuted at the in , followed by a May 1989 production at the in and a June 1989 production at the in. Films like these are unforgettable and in many ways life changing, and John Ford's Grapes of Wrath is one of these precious films. He reports that the Joads have moved in with Tom's Uncle John. Ma Joad confronts Lisbeth Sandry for frightening Rose and for preaching that every action is sinful. Connie tells Rose of Sharon that they should have stayed in Oklahoma, where he could have learned about tractors. The Oklahoma land companies and the Californian landowners are the forces that inflict the poverty in the context of the novel.
Despite his efforts, John remains unable to console himself. In addition, , the head of the Ladies Committee, gives Ma Joad a tour of the camp and explains some of the problems. Ma worries because Rose of Sharon is close to delivering her baby. But it eventually had to be pulled from The Soviet Union when Soviet audiences saw that even dirt-poor begging Americans could still afford cars. Noah decides to stay behind, saying he will live off fish from the river. GradeSaver, 19 August 2014 Web.
By accumulating too much and forcing the prices of the fruit too high -- while other people have too little -- the owners ensure that nobody will be able to buy the fruit. They are from Kansas and like the others are migrating westwards. He escapes and returns to the family. A woman careens her car aside to avoid hitting the turtle, but a young man veers his truck straight at the turtle, trying to run it over. Despite this good treatment, however, he notes that the lack of women made life hard. The truck has a flat tire, and as they are fixing it, a man in a suit and heavy jewelry pulls up in a roadster with news of employment: the Joads can go to work picking peaches only thirty-five miles away.
Muley Graves, a man recently displaced by the tractors, passes through the area. Meanwhile, Ma is visited by the Ladies Committee, who show her around the grounds telling her what the rules are and giving her options for the job she might participate in to help around the camp. The family eventually reaches higher ground and finds a barn for shelter. At the next camp where the Joads stay in their search for work, they learn about Weedpatch, a government camp where the residents are spared harassment by police officers and have access to amenities such as baths and toilets. She tells them that in such circumstances they don't have the right, yet Pa fears that they will have to leave Weedpatch. While Tom fixes the tire, a businessman stops in his car and offers the family a job picking peaches forty miles north. They talk about the weather in California, and some promise that their kids will never miss school.
In her view, Al cares about nothing more than girls, Uncle John is only dragging along, Pa has lost his place as the head of the family, and the children are becoming unruly. In yet another blow to the Joads, after a day of work, Winfield becomes extremely sick from eating peaches. A wary Floyd tells the group not to work for anyone who cannot produce a license or guarantee a wage. Tom and Al do find the necessary part to fix the car at a junkyard. The rainy season arrives almost immediately after Tom leaves the family; massive flooding results from this weather. Disappointed, the farmers return to their wives and report that they have sold most of their property for a pocketful of change.
Although the family attempts to keep Tom's identity and location a secret, young Ruthie Winfield reveals it during a fight with another child. The next morning Tom, who is up before the rest of the family, meets Timothy Wallace and his son Wilkie. The Joads and the other families build an embankment out of mud to prevent the water from flooding them. Jessie bickers with , the previous committee head. Just then, a tattered man and his two boys enter, asking if they can buy a loaf of bread for a dime.