The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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Setting What is Steinbeck purpose of the first chapter in The grapes of wrath? What does this reveal about the rest of the book?

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As Muley talks with Tom Joad and Jim Casy in Chapter Six, he expresses the relationship of the sharecroppers and the land,

"I put my han' right on the groun' where that blood [from his dead father] is still....An' I went in the room where Joe was born....An' all them things is true, an' they're right in the place they happened. Joe come to life right there....

The land is part of the family, part of the history of their lives. In a sense, it is an extension of them, as though...

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