A reoccurring theme in the Grapes of Wrath is desperation. But, in chapter twenty-nine we see that that desperation can be turned in wrath. "The women watched the men, watched to see whether the break had come at last. The women stood silently and watched. And where a number of men gathered together, the fear went fem their faces, and anger took its place. And the women sighed with relief, for they knew it was all right- the break had not come; and the break would never come as long as fear could turn into wrath," (Steinbeck, 434) This passage is a testament to the strength that the people had to have during the 30s.