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The Grapes of Wrath: Chapter 20 May 20, 2007

Posted by Michelle in Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Uncle John, who had a history of treating children very well, was unable to eat his stew in front of the camp children’s hungry eyes. It took his appetite away. Yet, instead of giving his stew to the children, he gave it to Tom. Why do you think he did that?

What are your thoughts about Casey’s sacrifice?

Do you really think Connie left Rose a Sharon and their baby?



1. Heather - June 1, 2007

Uncle John’s actions kind of remind me of that old game of “Lifeboat” we used to have to play in school. Values clarification, right? I think, like Ma, he recognized that there were just too many of them and even if he had shared his stew with the camp children, it “ain’t gonna do you no good.” All each of them would get was a taste. By giving it to Tom, he’s helping to strengthen a man who can go out and work and help provide for the family.

I do think Connie has left for good — I think he doesn’t like being burdened by staying with the family. Though staying together has its good points, it also requires sacrifice for the common good. Connie has too many individual goals and desires, and staying with the family is weighing him down. The minute he started talking about how he should have stayed home and studied about tractors because they get $3 a day, Rose of Sharon should have known he was pulling away.

2. Bethany - June 5, 2007

Good points on Tom. I don’t know what I would have done. Such a hard boat to be in.

I thought Casey’s sacrifice was great. He saw all this family had done for him and they treated him with such kindness expecting nothing but some prayer in return. I think for him it was a way to pay them back to show them how thankful he was for their kindness.

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