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The Grapes of Wrath Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapters 20 and 21 Summary

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Chapters 20 and 21 Summary

Having reached the next town, which is Bakersfield, the Joads take Granma's body to a coroner and are saddened that they cannot provide a full funeral for her. Ma muses on Granma's lifelong desire for a grand funeral, but the dire financial circumstances dictate a much more humble end. True to their stoic emotional style, the Joads push on to find a camp for the night and to try to determine where they might find some work.

After driving a short way out of the city, the family spots an impromptu camp area populated with makeshift tents and families gathered around cooking fires. As the Joads set up their own nightly campsite, Tom befriends a young man named Floyd, who is working on his car. Floyd informs Tom that the lure of jobs in California is overrated because the employers who have passed out handbills...

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