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The book is a story of the Joad family and their trip to California It tells of the migration of thousands of homeless families from Oklahoma to California It follows the Joad family who evicted from the land by the bank decide to head for the Golden West to a land of plenty When there they encounter poverty and oppression The book stirs emotion from deep within It shows the strength of the human spirit under stress and the dreadful conditions the Joad family suffered The Joad family began with Ma Pa Granpa Granma Tom Al Ruthie Connie Rose of Sharon Winfield Uncle John and Casey a former preacher Whilst on the road they meet the Wilsons who let the Joads use their tent when Granpa was dying Many other characters drift in and out during the unfolding story The character of Tom Joad is the most interesting Tom is the oldest child and a paroled convict He was sent to Pentridge when during a drunken fight he hit a neighbors son over the head with a shovel killing him in the process On release he hitches back to his parents farm and on arrival finds the shocking truth - it is deserted with the doors ripped off He finds out from a neighbor who is living off the land while hiding from the bank that his family and many others were evicted from the land by the bank He then walks to his uncle Johns whereupon he finds his family loading up the truck to head for California He is invaluable to his family using the skills he learnt in prison - car repair reading and writing He keeps the whole family moving at times His younger brother Al who thinks he is god reveres him A theme that comes through strongly is that a family is a family and should never be broken up either willingly or unwillingly This can be seen in
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