What are the two contrasting characteristics of mankind illustrated in this chapter of The Grapes of Wrath? (Chapter 12)
This chapter depicts three qualities of greed and generosity. In this non-narrative chapter, a family needs a new tire for the car and has to go to a road-side chiseler selling cars and car-parts. The salesman attempts to sell the family a damaged tire for an exaggerated price. He claims not to have known it was damaged.
This specific type of greed has been on display in many of the non-narrative chapters up to this point.
At chapter's end, another side of people is put on display. A family that has been pushed off their land has and has no car has built a trailer and pulled it to the roadside. Someone picks them up and hauls their trailer to California, feeding them along the way.
The chapter ends with this commentary:
"The people in flight from the terror behind - strange things happen to them, some bitterly cruel and some so beautiful that the faith is refired forever."