Listening to Muley helps Casy recognize his calling: he needs to go out on the road to give comfort to these dispossessed people. The family sold all their belongings and got a total of eighteen dollars for them.
The young tractor driver now has a name, Willy Feeley, and just as the tenant's house is knocked off its foundation at the end of the last chapter, so now the Joad house is found crumpled at the corner.
When Tom says good-bye to Ma in Chapter 28, we seem to learn that anger can, in fact, yield positive fruit when joined to a knowledge of the "oversoul," the one human family, to which we all belong.
They head down the road to a barn with some dry hay inside. With the family gone, Tom unwraps the turtle and puts him on the ground.When they get to the great desert at night, Ma Joad notices that Grama is dying. An enraged Tom kills that man before returning to his family. Muley Graves echoes the previous chapter's idea that no matter whom a man might kill, the banks cannot be stopped. Such frank speech counteracts the harmful speech found in the book-take as one instance the recurrent slang term "Okie"-and empowers people to take action to face their situations, whether that action be striking for just working conditions or simply moving on in search of safety. So they carry the children on their shoulders until they get to a highway. Uncle John has gone nearly mad from losing his wife to illness, Pa Joad is sullen and withdrawn, and Grampa is too angry and bitter to even stay in the house. Although the Joads press on, their first days in California prove tragic, as Granma Joad dies.
Tom is reunited with more family members at breakfast. They are trespassing, and must hide in a cave in order to protect themselves from patrolling deputies.The camps are overcrowded and full of starving migrants, who are often nasty to each other. So the Joads leave, with the exception of Casy who got mixed up in the run-in with the sheriff, and they find another government camp that is clean, fair, and protected from the police. While walking, Tom describes Uncle John to Casy, coloring him as a lonely, somewhat touched older man. This theme is indicative of Jeffersonian agrarianism, which focus on the life-giving bond between human beings and the land with which they work. They are trespassing, and must hide in a cave in order to protect themselves from patrolling deputies. By alerting and organizing the men in the camp, Tom helps to defuse the danger. She does, however, admit to wondering: "They say there's a hun'erd thousand of us shoved out. They ain't alive no more," not only reiterates the plea of the tenant in Chapter 5, it points out the moral deterioration that is a parallel result of economic decline. Tom finds Casy, who is now organizing striking peach pickers—the Joad family was hired to be strikebreakers. Throughout the novel Ma Joad is worried about keeping the family together. So Tom takes some money from Ma Joad, and leaves.
Her relief at seeing Tom stems primarily from her fear that they would have to leave the state with the family broken. Post navigation. When a man arrives seeking workers to pick fruit, Floyd asks for the proposed wages in writing.
Behind them is Noah, the eldest son, who is quiet and slow. Muley also tells Tom and Casy that the loss of the farmland broke up his own family: Muley's wife and kids went off to California, yet Muley chose to stay. Whatever is not sold must be burned, even items of sentimental value that simply cannot be taken on the journey for lack of space.
They are temporarily staying with Uncle John until they can earn enough money to go to California.