The Grapes of Wrath Ch. 17

Visuals for chapter 17 of The Grapes of Wrath.

In this section of the Grapes of Wrath, we see the famous California migration of the Dust Bowl.

Along the road on the way to California, people would stop and make camps. "The twenty families became one family. The children were the children of all."

To keep everyone entertained while in camps, the men that could play instruments would gather together and sing for everyone.

In the camps, the women would cook the food for the family and the children were given jobs like getting the water. The older children would gather brush or cut wood.

Every morning people would repack all of their belongings again, and continued moving west, only to stop and rest again when the sun set. "When the sun arose, the camping place was vacant, only a little litter left by the people. And the camping place was ready for a new world in a new night."

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