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The Grapes of WrathJames D ZookIn the beginning of the chapter the book Steinbeck discusses the earth It tells how dry the soil is and how even walking stirred up a dust cloud It tells how the people have adapted such as wearing mask and goggles to protect the air they breathe The people were devastated by the dust storms that block out the sun and the stars The land is dry and cracked the crops are withered and dieing much like the peoples spiritsThe chapter starts out at a truck stop Steinbeck implies the importance of a truck stop to truckers It provides a driver conversation and entertainment with people The workers are to the driver a distant family Truck stops provide companionship with people in the same industry and know what it feels like This is where Steinbeck introduces Tom Joad Tom and the driver are both dressed in new clothes but unlike the driver Toms clothes came from McCalaster McCalaster is a prison where he spent four years in punishment for homicide Tom was at the truck stop looking for a ride He sat on the running board of a rig until the driver came out Tom questioned if the owner of the truck would actually stop him from giving Tom a ride The driver gave in and let Tom ride alongThis chapter was first about the dry grasses along a highway and then about a turtle I think the significance of the turtle in the chapter is to show that all living things must keep moving to survive Also to show that there are two types of people in this world kind people and mean people When the turtle was on the road a lady tried to miss hitting the turtle While a man swerved to hit it thus flipping the turtle over on his back The turtle struggled back on to his stomach and continued on Tom was walking down
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