1. What are the chief reasons for the mass migration to California?
I think that the chief reasons for the mass migration to California where based on a few different reasons. The first reason was because everyone was poor. They didn’t have enough money to have the most basic necessities in life. They would even go to such lengths as to steal a neighbors house. No body was happy living in Oklahoma. They all had such hard lives that no one had time to do what they wanted to do. It was farm from sun up to sun down. That is what everyone did, and they didn’t even get that much compensation for all the devotion that they put into their work day, after day, after day. If I worked at something for twelve hours a day, and just made hardly enough money to keep living, I would get quite frustrated and not be very happy at all.
Another reason that people moved to California was so they could move on to a better place. Living in Oklahoma, really wasn’t all that good for the Joad’s. They couldn’t be very happy at what they had. They where a very proud family and wanted to get away and show everyone that they could do some good in this world for themselves.
2. Who are the members of the Joad family unit that set out for California? Briefly state what happens to each of them.
Ma, Pa, Ruth, Winfield, Uncle John, and Rose of Sharron all where in the barn. Rose of Sharron was breast feeding a old man, after her baby died. I think she was doing it for personal pleasures. I don’t think that she was sincere about the feeling to prolong the mans life. She was always selfish, and I still think she was at the end. I don’t blame Connie for leaving her. Al left with his fiancee named Aggie, to start a new life with her. Tom left to become another Jim Casey. He knew what the power of groups could do, the listed to Jim, and knew that he could make a difference. Grandpa died, of natural causes, and they buried him in a field, tore a page out of the Bible and wrote how he wasn’t killed, and he died of natural causes. They then took the ripped out Bible page and put it in a bottle. Grandma died on the way through a check point. Rose had to hang on to her, and say she was really sick to a cop. The cop fell for it, even though grandma had been dead for a few hours. Noah left early in the book, the said that he was going fishing and walked down a river. Flash, the family pet, got killed by a new car. The man at the gas station said he would bury it, I believe that he did. The car that hit the dog, slowed down, looked back, and sped off. Connie left, probably because he was sick of Rose. Uncle John almost died while making the dam, but he was helped by Grandpa. He made it to the barn. Jim Casey got his head smashed in for trying to help his own people. Building up a union against the peach pickers, which where making high money, and making it impossible to live. Jim died for what he believed in, and Tom knew it, he followed in Jim’s footsteps.
3. In what ways where the migrant workers exploited? How does Jim Casey fight against the exploitation of the migrant workers? How successful is he?
The ads would say 800 people needed to pick peaches, good wages. But actually there where only 100 jobs available. They would get a lot of people to come to California, then the competition for the jobs would be high. People need to eat, so the high wages come into effect. Jim Casey fights against the exploitation of the migrant workers by building a small union. It does work, because the next load of people that come through, which was the Joad family and many others, all got a lot more money to do things, because the