Chapter 13 stuck out to me just based on the hospitality and perserverance of the Joads and the Wilson's. I cannot remember exactly in the book where it was said, but Ma basically said that when you need help, the only ones who are willing to help are poor folks. The empathy and compassion displayed by these two families in this chapter it a great illustration of this thought. As we had experienced before with Willy Feeley, the world the Joads and Wilsons were living now was becoming survival of the fittest. It was refreshing to see complete strangers helping one another out and even towards the end of the chapter deciding to continue their voyage together to California.
The perserverance aspect came into to play with the death of Grampa Joad and the sickly state of Sairy Wilson. Despite the death of a loved one, the situation they were leaving, and the uncertainty of what laid ahead, these families continued to move forward. I understand that their survival was dependent on it, but I am sure lesser people would have waved the white flag.
There were also several characterizations re-inforced in this chapter. When dealing with the gas station owner you saw the complex, deep thinker side of Casy, and the short fuse, tell it like it is nature of Tom Joad. Other characterizations were re-inforced in this chapter, but those two were the ones that stuck out most to me. Basically letting us know that there is not too much about these characters that we don't already know.
My favorite passage is random. I enjoyed it because it spoke quite a bit about how younger and older people view things. Al is questioning Ma about her fears of going and what will lay ahead and she tells Al "Up ahead they's a thousan' lives we might live, but when it comes, it'll on'y be one. If I go ahead on all of 'em, its too much. You got to live ahead 'cause you're so young, but--it's jus' the road goin by for me." An' it's jus' how soon they gonna wanta eat some more pork bones." This speaks greatly how younger and older people view things.