The Grapes of Wrath - Study Guide Chapters 17, 18, and 19 Summary & Analysis

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A community of displaced people emerges each evening when groups of westbound travelers park their vehicles and congregate for the night. These impromptu communities create situations for socialization and news in this isolated life on the road and new friendships are born out of like circumstances and hope.

On the border between New Mexico and Arizona, the Joads are detained by a guard, who questions the family as to their destination and anticipated length of stay. Realizing that it is in their best interest to keep moving, the Joads cross Arizona as quickly as possible reaching the Colorado River at mid morning. Now that California is so close, the Joads decide to rest and swim at a makeshift campground before setting out over the desert that night.

Once more, the Joads encounter people returning from California in defeat. While Tom floats in the river, he...

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