Top 3 The Grapes of Wrath quotes

  • “Women and children knew deep in themselves that  no misfortune was too great to bear if their men were whole.”  Words of the narrator, in Chapter 1.

    This demonstrates that while the role of the provider may be that of a man, the women accepted as their own duty the role of assuring that their men—their providers— were in a state of mind conducive to maintaining dignity. Sometimes even anger can be a source of dignity, and to see anger in the faces of the men meant that hopelessness was yet at hand.  

  • “We're the people that live. They ain't gonna wipe us out ... we go on.” Words of the narrator, Tom Joad, in Chapter 17.

    This is indicative of the uncrushable spirit that binds all of the migrants as one family. Together, they work together, helping each other, thus becoming a larger entity… one that cannot be stopped.  

  • “Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there.”  Tom, in Chapter 28.

    Here Tom is expressing to his mother the path that he has chosen, that of protecting, and fighting for, those who need it most.