The Grapes of Wrath Chapter summaries

Section 1 (Chapters 1-4)

The first chapter of the book provides a very visual background of the Midwest, specifically Oklahoma. It’s an explicit …

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Section 2 (Chapters 5-10)

Chapter 5 explains how homes and farms have been lost by nearly all farming families in the Midwest. Most farmers lease land …

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Section 3 (Chapters 11-17)

Here we get a brief description from the narrator regarding the lack of connection that the new farmers have with the land. …

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Section 4 (Chapters 18-20)

Life on the road proves to be difficult. When the Joads and Wilsons enter Arizona, they are told by border officials to keep …

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Section 5 (Chapters 21-24)

This chapter describes both the fear that drives men to work at any wage, and the exploitation of that reality by greedy …

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Section 6 (Chapters 25-28)

The timeline of events that has caused things to go so badly for small farmers in California is described. The small farmers …

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Section 7 (Chapters 29.30)

Torrential rains hit central California. While at first the rain seems innocuous, it soon leads to a complete breakdown of …

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