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Charity of the poor contrasted with the greed of the rich One of the ironies of the book was that as Ma Joad said If your in trouble or hurt or need -- go to poor people Theyre the only ones thatll help -- the only onespg 335 The irony is that if you need something you have to go to the people who have nothingThere are many examples of this in the book The first example of this is at the truck station in chapter 15 when the restaurant owner and waitress give the family bread at a discounted rate and candy two for a penny when it is actually nickel candy The truck drivers then leave large tips to the waitress Neither the truck driver nor the restaurant owner and waitress are very rich but they are generous anyway In chapter seventeen the person at the car dump gives Tom and Al things for way discounted rates Ma Joad is also an example of this The Joads are poor and yet they give what little they have to the children who need it They also stay and help the Wilsons when it just slowed them down Another example is when the small land owner that Tom first gets work warns them of the plot of the Farmers Association to raid the government camp The clerk in the company store in chapter twenty-four is also generous lending Ma ten cents so that she can get sugar for the coffee These acts of generosity are contrasted to how the rich people are trying to rip off the migrants Chapter seven shows how the car dealer rip the people off by selling them pieces of junk for high prices They use cheep tricks such as pouring sawdust into the gears or transmission to cut down the noise of the car and hide problems They
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