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In the novel The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck describes a familys journey from Oklahoma to California during the 1930s The Joad Family has to move to California because they cannot survive the horrible Dust Bowl in Oklahoma They encounter many problems during their journey but they still manage to make it to California Steinbeck inserts inner chapters to show a picture of society in general Many of these inner chapters foreshadow problems that the Joad family will encounter In Chapter Five an inner chapter land owners in Oklahoma are forced to kick the tenant families off of their land The owners say The tenant system wont work anymore One man on a tractor can take the place of twelve or fourteen familiesSteinbeck 42 When Tom meets Muley in the next chapter Muley says that the land owners told him We cant afford to keep no tenants60 Some of the tenant men feel that the land belongs to them since they were born on it When an owner asks a tenant man to leave the land the tenant man replies We were born on it and we got killed on it died on it Even if its no good its still ours43 Muley shows that he has the same feelings as the tenant farmer when he says Theres the place down by the barn where Pa got gored to death by a bull An his blood is right in the groun right now65-66 In the inner chapter an angry tenant farmer threatens a tractor driver with a rifle because he holds the tractor driver responsible for forcing him to leave his land Grandpa also threatens a tractor driver with a rifle because he considers him a traitor for accepting a job that forces many families to move off of the land Chapter Five foreshadows the problems that the Joad family will encounter with the tenant system In Chapter Nine another inner chapter many
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