The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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How do the Joads and the Wilsons help each other?

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Although all the migrants heading to California are in the same boat (metaphorically speaking), there's often a good deal of animosity between them. After all, they're effectively in competition with each other for work, so there's not much sense of solidarity between them. Things are different between the Joads and the Wilsons, however. Straight away, they strike up an instant rapport, helping each other out as best they can. Sairy Wilson doesn't hesitate in allowing Grampa Joad to rest on her cot in her tent. And when Grampa passes away, she helps Ma Joad prepare his body for burial.

The Joads and the Wilsons forge such a close bond on their long, arduous journey out west that when they're eventually forced to...

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