The Grapes Of Wrath Quotes (32 quotes)
Grapes of Wrath - I'll Be There Speech (Tom Joad)
The Grapes of Wrath Quotes and Analysis
Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Quotes tagged as "the-grapes-of-wrath" Showing of And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.
Grapes of Wrath Quotes
Quote 1: "The women studied the men's faces secretly, for the corn could go as long as something else remained. Quote 3: "His upper lip was long, and since his teeth protruded, the lip stretched to cover them, for this man kept his lips closed. Quote 5: "Sure - I seen it. But sometimes a guy'll be a good guy even if some rich bastard makes him carry a sticker. Quote 6: "You been a good guy. But look, when you been in stir a little while, you can smell a question comin' from hell to breakfast.
Toggle navigation. The dust is the byproduct of the loss of the topsoil, which caused the destruction of the crops. For without the topsoil the crops could not grow, the farmer could not make a profit, and the bank could not allow the farmer to stay on the land. The dust, caused by years of drought and over farming, was the direct impetus for the migration of so many farmers to California. They had to make a living and because they could no longer farm their land, they went to California to seek the promise of work and high wages. These promises were spelled out in the handbills, which were posted on nearly every pole and store front in the areas affected by the Dust Bowl. I ain't got faith.
Set during the Great Depression , the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl , the Joads set out for California along with thousands of other " Okies " seeking jobs, land, dignity, and a future. The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes due to its historical context and enduring legacy. The narrative begins just after Tom Joad is paroled from McAlester prison , where he had been imprisoned after being convicted of homicide. While hitchhiking to his home near Sallisaw, Oklahoma , Tom meets former preacher Jim Casy, whom he remembers from his childhood, and the two travel together. When they arrive at Tom's childhood farm home, they find it deserted. Disconcerted and confused, Tom and Casy meet their old neighbor, Muley Graves, who tells them the family has gone to stay at Uncle John Joad's home nearby.