Migrant Camp

“We’re Joads. 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 getting’ on, Mrs. Joad?’” She stopped and sighed. “Why, I feel like people again.”

I used this quote from Grapes of Wrath and this image of a migrant camp to represent the hearts of Oakies. This image portrays the lifestyle that migrants had to endure during The Great Depression. Money was only a tool to the Joad's, their essential goal was to keep the family together. All they wanted was deference. Ma had hit her peak of happiness when she said these words. No matter what living condition she was in, she was more than content  being respected and having her loved ones by her side. All migrants during this time period were truly grateful human beings. This picture shares many qualities with Grapes of Wrath. Both link back to the Great Depression as well the Joad's actually had to stay at a camp similar to above.

The Joads took on a huge fight in life. They lost everything that they could once call theirs. They were left on the side of the road with nothing but each other.  Jobless and hungry, they took off on the road with hope.

This image tells a story. Shown above is a migrant worker in the field. This picture connects to the Grapes of Wrath by showing similar work done by both parties. The Joads picked peaches for a low income.

"The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it."
- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, Ch. 5

The home of the Joads was similar to the one above. A small, put together with scraps, shack. The quote and the image reflect off one another by saying if men COULD control the money, they may have a heart to help.

The vehicle throughout the book Grapes of Wrath represented home for the Joads and many other migrant families traveling to find work. It was the only thing left that the family had to depend on. Many traveled to the state of California looking to find work in these automobiles.

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