The most engaging chapter for me from the book for today is chapter seven. This chapter is all about a car salesman and what is going through his mind during the rough economic times. The reason I was I enjoyed this chapter the most is because I work on cars and as a hobby I like to buy and sell used cars. Although, I do not try to pull one over on people like this salesman does in this chapter but I have met quite a few “wheeler dealers” with the same mindset of this man. The theme I see that is important in this chapter is the fact that some people take advantage of others who are in times of need. This is important because the Joads are going to have to be aware of the dangers and untrustworthy people they may come across.
The best passage from the sections for today is in chapter 13. “Tom broke in irritably, “Well, you ain’t never gonna know. Casy tries to tell ya an’ you jest ast the same thing over. I seen fellas like you before. You ain’t askin’ nothin’; you’re jus’ singin’ a kinda song. ‘What we comin’ to?’ You don’ wanta know. Country’s movin’ aroun’, goin’ places. They’s folks dyin’ all aroun’. Maybe you’ll die pretty soon, but you won’t know nothin’. I seen too many fellas like you. You don’t want to know nothin’. Just sing yourself to sleep with a song- ‘What we comin’ to?’” After this Tom goes on to explain that the man at the gas station himself will be moving on. The reason I like this passage is because it gives the feeling of the pain folks during this time are going through. The pain is so severe that people have to go into denial and shelter themselves from the truth. It is sad.