The Grapes of Wrath - Study Guide Chapters 9, 10, and 11 Summary & Analysis

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The unexpected turn of events in the lives of the tenant farmers forces families to sell their possessions in order to secure money to pay for vehicles to make the trip to California. Unfortunately, the farm families have to take less money than the real value of their items because there are so many people trying to unload their items and so few buyers. This depressed economy also forces the farmers to accept what little money they can get because they are destitute and need any amount of money, no matter how small. The men return to their homes to inform their wives of the disappointing outcome regarding the sale of their personal items. The families are further distressed by being forced to leave behind all but the fundamental essentials of cooking utensils, blankets, and clothes.

At the Joad farm, Ma and Tom discuss the...

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