Grapes of Wrath Project

Turtle Struggling to Cross the Highway

Just as a turtle must fight its way across a highway, the Joad family had to find their way across the country. Both experience many hardships and deterrents, but they eventually reach their destinations.

"I seen turtles all my life. They're always goin' someplace. They always seem to want to get there," said Tom Joad, The Grapes of Wrath, Page 45.

Similar to turtles, migrant workers during the Great Depression were "always goin' someplace" because they were constantly searching for food, jobs and shelter. The Joad family experienced a lot of traveling throughout the novel.

"I'm learning one thing good," she said. "Learnin' it all the time, ever' day. If you're in trouble or hurt or need – go to poor people. They're the only ones that'll help – the only ones," said Ma Joad, The Grapes of Wrath, Page 376.

There were people that set out to help others, and there were also those that went out of their way to hurt others. The poor people that had less, usually still gave more. The Joads experienced a lot of helpful people, and they were usually those that were used to needing more.

Even though money and food were scarce during this time, many people were still having children. In the novel, Rose of Sharon thought she would be able to have her baby in a new place and be able to raise him/her in the new society.

The Joad family, as well as others during the Great Depression, often hit bumps in the road that caused difficulties to reaching their destinations. Some people's cars broke down while traveling, their land was taken, people got sick and/or died, etc. Along with the difficulties they were already experiencing, these sudden changes made the Great Depression that much harder to b

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