Chapters 10 – 15
next morning, when the family is about to leave, Granpa refuses
to go. Ma Joad decides to drug him in order to get him into the
truck. They invite Casy to come with them and after packing some
provisions, and with $18.00 in their pocket after pawning their
possessions, they are finally ready to leave.
On the road, the Joad's meet the Wilson's, a couple who is stranded
on the highway with a broken car. The Joads stop to help them and
the two families decide that it would be easier if they traveled
together. Granpa, who never regained consciousness, dies and the
Wilson's help bury him.
They stop at several camps and find out through some people that
there is no work in California. Still, they push on.
The people of the towns through which they pass, do not understand
what has happened in the mid-west and resent the influx of migrant
workers. They look upon them with a great deal of disdain and don't
want to help.
everything and everyone is finally ready to leave, Grampa changes
his mind and wants to stay behind. The family refuses to let him
do that and spikes his coffee so that they can get him into the
car. This act foreshadows the fall of the family unit. The grandfather
never regains consciousness and is the first member to die.
The Joad's desire to help the Wilsons is indicative of their sensitivity
and kind nature towards others. They willingly share even though
they themselves don't have enough.
These chapters also illustrate the plight of the migrant farmer
and how they are viewed by others on Route 66.