The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath: Novel Summary: Chapter 5

SummaryIn this “big picture” chapter, spokesmen for banks give tenants the news that they must leave. Steinbeck repeatedly emphasizes that “all of them”-spokesmen and the tenants they must evict-“were caught in something larger than themselves.” Tractors “can take the place of twelve or fourteen families,” meaning land owners can pay fewer people for the same …

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