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The Joads have reached a camp were they are able to meet all sorts of people in the same predicament All share the same collective beliefs work as hard as you can and take what you need That is the collectivist slogan and anyone who isnt in that frame of mind is the bad guy At least according to Steinbeck it is There are however people who disagree What Ive found is that throughout a lot of these chapters Steinbeck is saying Collectivism good capitalism bad He plays with your heart by having Ma Joad give starving children some food even though she has little to begin with The author plays more with your emotions by having capitalistic pig dogs otherwise known as police officers coming to the camp and shooting wildly at someone and taking away Casy for striking a police officer It seems everyone is out to get the Okies Another word for Okies would be collectivists and the everyone would be the capitalists with money It seems everywhere the Joads turn there are more hardships Granma and Granpa are dead but its because of the move and they had to move because of the capitalists Connie has run off and left his pregnant wife behind because he thinks he can make money on his own capitalistic thinking There have been difficulties that the Joads have gone through but not everything can be blamed on capitalism That would be thinking AIDS is just for homosexuals which the author might be It has however given us some foreshadowing For example after gramnas death the Joads are told about the mayor who has gone crazy because of the police then the police show up shot a woman in the hand and take away Casy The being told about how cruel the police are foreshadows the policemans arrival to the camp Also Steinbeck throws in some symbolism into the mix The Okies symbolism has already been
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