Across the horizon: the rising sun and endless possibilities
 
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Home - Studyworld Studynotes - Quotes - Reports & Essays 

 

 

STUDYWORLD STUDYNOTES:

CLASSIC LITERATURE ANALYSIS

STUDYWORLD REPORTS & ESSAYS

RESEARCH AND IDEA DATABASE




Oakwood Publishing Company:

SAT; ACT; GRE

Study Material


xx

 



Home:
:
 

 

amazon.gif (2962 bytes)


studyhead.gif (11688 bytes)

 

 

___________________________The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


STUDYWORLD STUDYNOTES

The Grapes of Wrath

 

Summary and Review of Chapters 26-30

Summary:

They find a peach orchard that needs harvesting so they go to work there. Tom in the night, sneaks out of the orchard and finds Casy who is with some other people on strike to raise wages. Some people come by to break up the strike calling the strikers reds (people who want higher pay). One person hits Casy alongside the head crushing him skull and killing him. Tom gets furious and kills the person that killed Casy but in the struggle, he too gets hit and is bruised and bleeding. Eventually he evades his pursuers and makes it back to the camp. The Joad’s decide that it’s too dangerous for Tom since he killed another person so they decide to leave the orchard and find another place to work while Tom is in hiding until his face heals.

They reach a cotton field that needs picking so they begin working while living in a boxcar that they share with the Wainwright’s. Al falls in love with Agnes Wainwright and announces that they are going to get married. They work there at that cotton field and at another one when it begins to rain. It rains for several days and floods the valley. Some men try to divert the water by building a dike but it breaks when a fallen tree crashes through it. Meanwhile, Rose of Sharon goes into labor but gives birth to a dead baby.

The water keeps rising into the boxcar so the Joad’s and the Wainwright’s build a platform in the boxcar above the water to keep from getting wet. After the rain stops, some of the Joad’s look for higher ground. They wade through chest deep water as they head toward a barn. There, they meet a boy and his starving father. The boy explains that the man gave up his food portion to keep the boy healthy. Now, the man is so sick that he can’t digest even bread. Since the Joads have nothing to offer to help the man, Rose of Sharon decides to feed him her breast milk as an only alternative.

 

Review:

The final phase of the novel shows Tom's moral growth in that he has broadened his outlook on life and wants to continue the work that Casy began and improve the lot of the migrant farmer.

The final disintegration of he family occurs when Tom is forced to leave and Rose of Sharon gives birth to a stillborn child. All hope for a better future for the family seems to have vanished.

The novel ends with both Tom and Rose of Sharon thinking of others and giving what little they have.

 

  • Biography of John Steinbeck

  • Quick/Fast Review

  • Character List

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 1-4

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 5-9

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 10-15

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 16-20

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 21-25

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapter 26-30

  • Studyworld Essay Search on The Grapes of Wrath

    Studyworld Studynotes Listed by TITLES

    Studyworld Studynotes Listed by AUTHORS


    Home.•. Contact Us.•. Citing This Webpage

     



  •  



    Teacher Ratings: See what

    others think

    of your teachers



    Copy Right