The Grapes of Wrath Chapters 17-21 Summary and Analysis

John Steinbeck

Chapters 17-21 Summary and Analysis

New Character
Floyd Knowles: a migrant having trouble finding work

Chapter 17
Day by day the migrants moved westward along the highway, clustering each night where there was water and company. Each camp became a temporary world for the night and “twenty families became one family.” A form of self-government grew up. Out of the respect for law and order they brought from their old homes, the migrants established rules of conduct and of rights among themselves, and the rules became laws. Any violator of these laws was expelled from the group. Evenings were spent in making friends and talking about their homes and their future. There might even...

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