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2022.01.22 10:58 Joinedformyhubs [Scheduled] The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - Chapters 1 - 6
Hello readers of bookclub! Welcome to our first discussion of The Grapes of Wrath, an American Classic. I have enjoyed reading this book so far. It has been an emotional ride and I am excited to read what everyone else thinks of the novel so we can chat about it!
There will be a quick summary, then bellow in the comments will be discussion questions to be answered, but please feel free to add your own questions/thoughts/quotes that have peeked your interest.
Also, feel free to check out the marginalia if you have read ahead. Though beware of spoilers!
Here is a link to our schedule for reference. We will discuss chapters 8 - 13 next Saturday. See you then.
Chapter 1 -
Crops of Oklahoma are shriveled. Thick clouds of dust cause farmers and others to tie handkerchiefs around their nose and mouth to protect themselves. The dust is so abundant that it has crept into homes allowing for no escape from it. The farmers have no way to assist their dying crops, so they just wonder how they will support their families and survive. As long as they remain whole there is no misfortune that is too great.
Chapter 2 -
Tom Joad is recently released from McAlester State Penitentiary, where he severed 4 years for manslaughter. He asks a trucker who has a “No Riders,” sign for a ride. Tom convinces him by saying, “Be a good guy,” knowing that the “rich bastard” was making truckers put the stickers on the trucks. The trucker is convinced and doesn’t want to come across as not a good guy, so he gives him a ride.
As they are traveling, the driver finds out that the Joad family still has their farm. Many farmers have been driven off their property by a “cat,” which is a large track sent by bankers that forces people off their land. He continues telling Tom that since he has been away a lot has changed and many families are now gone due to the banks taking the properties back. After talking a short while, Tom becomes abrasive towards the driver, but the driver defends himself that he meant no offense and was just confiding in him due to his loneliness. Tom expresses that he was just released from prison to the driver, but it doesn’t bother him. They arrive at the road that leads to the family farm and part ways.
Chapter 3 -
A turtle is meandering across the highway. The first person in contact with it swerves her car to avoid hitting it. Though the next person attempts to hit the turtle and hits the turtles shell causing it to land on its back. The poor thing struggles to put itself the right way until it eventually does and begins its walk.
Tom walks down the road and notices a turtle, so he picks it up and wraps it in his coat. While he is still walking he yearns for shade to rest and notices a man sitting under the tree he was walking towards. The tattered man is Jim Casy, the preacher from the church Tom would attend. Jim remembers Tom since he was the one who baptized him, but Tom was too busy off chasing girls. Jim confesses that he quit preaching because he lacked the spirit and that while he was a preacher he would often sleep around with girls. He admits that he has a sex drive but also wanted to share the word of God since it makes people happy. Towards the end of their conversation he shares that “there ain’t’ no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing.”
Tom takes his turn to confess to Jim the reason behind his prison sentence. He and another man were drunk and got into a fight, while the other man stabbed Tom, Tom took it farther and grabbed a shovel and killed him with it. Tom describes prison as a place that gave the inmates a place to sleep, meals always on time, and things to do throughout the day.
The two men continue forward towards the Joad’s home searching for Tom’s family but once they arrive it is empty.
Chapter 5 -
In chapter 5 the reader learns of the political aspect of the Dust Bowl. Describing how landowners and banks were no longer able to make a high profit from tenant farming (leasing off a portion of their land to other farmers to use). So, some property owners would evict the tenants. While they would have nowhere to go after being evicted, they were directed towards California.
Tractors would show up on property and just plow through all the buildings and property to ensure that the tenants would abandon the area. Banks and land owners would hire other farmer neighbors to destroy the person who lived right next door. Though when in poverty, what other choices do people have?
Chapter 6 -
The men, Tom and Jim, arrive to the Joad’s home and find the home and a section of the farmhouse has been crushed. There are a lot of useable materials that remain untouched such as tools and materials. This display of the property shows that it was abandoned. Muley Graves walks over and shares that Tom’s family moved in with his uncle, John. All of the Joad family now picks cotton and is trying to raise enough money to purchase a car to head to California. Tom asks to spend the night at Muley’s home for the night but explains that the large company has evicted the tenant farmers in the entire area to cut labor costs include himself. Muley’s family already left for California and he decided to stay behind. Jim wasn’t happy to hear that Muley didn’t stay with his family.
The men are hungry and decide to share rabbits since that is how Muley has stayed alive, hunting for his meals. Muley shares that he is able to stay on the property by hiding and encourages Tom and Jim to try it. A police car does a sweep of the land and Tom is not interested. So, Muley takes them to a cave where they can sleep, but Tom decides to sleep outside of the cave and Jim cannot sleep due to all of the terrible information he learned.
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2022.01.22 10:58 Orionpeace How do you cope with the idea of death?
I know this is probably asked a lot but I tried and I can't bring myself to look through posts like I'm researching an answer to this.
So I recently turned 20 and along with the idea I'm likely 1/4th of the way through my life if I'm lucky is the acknowledgement of my own mortality. If I'm being honest, I finally get it, for the first time in my life I wish I could believe in an afterlife.
I never really got the idea of death until a few days ago. Its not blackness or like sleeping like I thought when I was a kid, and it's not the lack of anything like I came up with as a teenager, Its the total lack of ability to exist, there is no more you. It doesn't matter if your life was fun or stressful or accomplished. There's nothing and there's no ability to acknowledge anything, no ability to remember, saying there's no ability to do something doesn't fully encompass it because that implies you can tell its happening but you can't, it's just a lack of existing and it's giving me mass amounts of existential dread. I get that It's the same as before you were born but I didn't have to face down the idea of no longer existing before I was not born.
I just don't know how to keep going. How do people get out of bed and do things when it doesn't matter what you do because one day, relatively soon by most standards your very being will cease to exist? If in 80 years it won't matter if I lived a happy life why bother trying to be happy now?
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2022.01.22 10:58 n1cht 10 Clan Prides #3
Coaltown. For someone it's just name of the map, but for me it's a house in this game. Almost every day I go there for make this normal MVM again, like 9 years ago. Why am I doing this? Because I love this map and it was exactly the location from which I started my journey in this game. And what is your favorite map? What thing do you like in this game in general?
10 blah blah medallions, 10 blah blah winners, trade link.
There are no results of second giveaway, because people cannot accept trade offer for more than a day... :((
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2022.01.22 10:58 kwestwood186 Emergency fund worthy?
We have a dying stove. The two back burners don't work.
We are still saving up to have a fully funded emergency fund. I have enough in the emergency fund to buy one but it would leave us pretty depleted.
I'm trying to decide whether this is an "emergency". We have been making it work with just the two front burners.
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2022.01.22 10:58 Wvlad Galo na cabeça do goleiro Brice Samba, do Nottingham Forest, após colidir com o adversário
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2022.01.22 10:58 Channa_Argus1121 Gagatophorus draco
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2022.01.22 10:58 nanigashinanashi Streak 22: Beer
I drank a beer for the first time in a long time. I was going to wait to drink alcohol till my probation period ends. I made prosciutto wrapped apple today as a challenge of week 4 on the 52weeksofcooking subreddit. The theme was "On a Stick", so I put it with mozzarella cheese on a stick. I thought it goes good with beer, so I couldn't stop drinking.
But just for today. I'll wait till my probation period ends. It still have a few months left though.
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2022.01.22 10:58 ShivaKrishna999 The Universe is Flat.
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2022.01.22 10:58 manijayeli What's the best bassline you've ever heard?
2022.01.22 10:58 kaloh_eth 🦹🏼♀️ Not All Heroes Wear Capes
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2022.01.22 10:58 whatthehelloxkitty Updated after soaking and using nail clippers/nail file. Does this look better? Just covered in SA and a bandaid.
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2022.01.22 10:58 OldNerdOldGames Hexen: Beyond Heretic / Hub 2 ▪ Caves of Circe (1st Visit)
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2022.01.22 10:58 ElectronicFudge5 'We finally found closure for you': Family finally receives answers in decades-old cold case
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2022.01.22 10:58 iNaay This guys employment journey
2022.01.22 10:58 SafeMoonXPost Ate some dip again and now in the meantime... [X-post from /r/SafeMoon]
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2022.01.22 10:58 YOW-Weather-Records Today's ~8am temperature of -27.3°C was Fredericton's coldest temperature since Feb 21st, 2020.
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2022.01.22 10:58 BenIAltI Suing All the Gays - Internet Shorts
2022.01.22 10:58 PurpleHimalaya Junior and I’m currently super stressed about recommendations ehehrhehrhrh
Hey so I’m a junior and none of my teachers know me well enough to write me a strong rec letttr. i do have some long term involvement in an organization i volunteer at and im doing pretty well in that so i feel like the head of that volunteer program can write me a good one but im so scared bec my teachers’ ones will be so average.
i want to develop a good relationship with teachers by june but im such a quiet student idk what to do or say and it just ends up being really awkward. i was thinking of having a ap chem teacher write me one since i had her last year as well but last year was all remote and the only thing i do in her class is raise my hand a lot and i do the labs well ig, and sometimes (like once jn december) i went in for extra help. im trying to find ways to go in for extra help but i sadly understand everything shes teaching me and literally have no questions ever.
the only thing she’d be able to write me is a mediocre/copy-paste-but-change-the-name one, and that would be the strongest rec out of all my teachers. i also have no coaches so they can’t write me one either.
can someone give guidance on whether i’m gonna be rejected from literally everywhere due to this? i’m currently so stressed about this please help 😫
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2022.01.22 10:58 bearager ITAP while hiking nearby a friends house.
2022.01.22 10:58 OldNerdOldGames Hexen: Beyond Heretic / Hub 2 ▪ Caves of Circe (1st Visit)
2022.01.22 10:58 DL2828 Happy Wolf [EKI1130]
2022.01.22 10:58 skybluepink007 Free N95 at CVS in Target?
2022.01.22 10:58 AlaskanFreeRide To the cheater on lighthouse who killed me as a scav
Good job man. You can have the bit coin and caiman. Weirdo. I took a silent shot to the stomach. Then arm. Then kill shot. 6 min left in raid and they didn't give me grotto. Would love to share the screen name. But I gotta feeling that against the rules. Didn't capture any video. But in 1500 hrs. This was my very first guaranteed cheater. (I don't run labs)
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2022.01.22 10:58 roberttlang1121 VVS Matt Damon
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2022.01.22 10:58 Dab-driver Confused Hakase. (OC) (I’d love to hear any advice)
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