The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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What are some good themes or main ideas that are developed in chapters 7 through 11 in The Grapes of Wrath?

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Several main ideas and one theme for Chapters 7 through 11 are as follows.

In Chapter 7, the concentration is on selling and purchasing cars and trucks. When the Depression hits, many people are unable to keep their vehicles. The salesmen here are interested in selling vehicles as quickly as possible, without regard to their condition. They basically will cheat anyone to sell their stock, knowing that under the circumstances, many people move on to find work, etc., and probably never return.

Chapter 8 is mostly about Tom's return to the family as they are preparing to leave for California. The family is very happy to see him, but concerned that Tom has escaped from jail; however, he explains that he has been paroled.

Chapter 9 describes how the tenant farmers have been forced to sell...

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