Chapter 23 Notes from Grapes of Wrath

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Grapes of Wrath Chapter 23

The migrants found time for pleasure amidst a painful existence. "The migrant people, scuttling for work, scrabbling to live, looked always for pleasure, dug for pleasure, manufactured pleasure, and they were hungry for amusement." Chapter 23, pg. 415

People gathered to listen to good jokes and stories. They lived great lives vicariously. Those that went to the movies, always drew a crowd when they returned. Migrants could find temporary heaven in drunkenness. Alcohol allowed one to join the "brotherhood of worlds," Chapter 23, pg, 418 and made everything and every man holy. Music was also a source of pleasure for the migrant. They played harmonicas, guitars and fiddles. They play a "Chicken Reel" and dance all night. Others go to lively prayer meetings. "Wisht I knowed what all the sins was, so I could do 'em. The migrants looked humbly for pleasure on the roads." Chapter 23, pg. 421

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