Unbeknownst to the rest of the family, Granma died a few miles back. Ma and Pa miss home, and Ma begins to feel the weight of the people they have lost so far. They just keep moving along. Al stays back with Agnes Wainwright. Ma insists that the family find a dry shelter.
There, they find a boy and his starving father. Along the way, Grampa dies of a stroke and is buried by the roadside. Tom and Al are master mechanics and realize that they need a new part in order to fix the car. Ma, the pillar of strength, who has cared mainly for her own family, also embraces this philosophy, and Rose of Sharon is seen nursing a dying man in the last scene of the novel. She continues to do manual labor with the family and then has a miscarriage.
He realizes that the only way to fight the poverty and poor treatment is to take unified action. Steinbeck was trying to make a point about the universality of human values and the brotherhood of man. The ninth chapter describes the migrants, in general, selling everything that could be sold and burning the rest of their belongings in preparation for the journey to California. Thus, the Joads cross the dreaded Mojave Desert alone. Tom's nose gets broken and his cheek is torn.
The others leave the barn as she cradles the dying man to her breast. Tom and Casy arrive and Tom reunites with the family as they prepare for the move out west. Their family is broken apart as the pregnant Rose of Sharon's husband, Connie, leaves to seek better opportunities. Casy takes all the blame on himself, thus saving Tom. At a mere glance from Ma Joad, the girl who, up until this point had been fussy short tempered and selfish not without reason , strips and, over the man's strident yet feeble objections, forces his mouth to her breast and suckles him. During the crossing, Granma dies; but Ma does not reveal her death to anybody because she wants the family to get across safely.
One migrant tells Pa that 20,000 people show up for every 800 jobs and that his own children have starved to death. Ma Joad: Ma is a nice lady. Ma and Tom say goodbye to one another. He vows to return to his family one day. Tom asks Casy to stay, explaining that jail has given him a sixth sense and he feels like something big is coming their way. The other men intervene, and Tom's nose is broken.
In chapter twenty-four the committee governing the camp is successful in frustrating the attempt of the troublemakers to disrupt the camp. Walking down a dirt road toward the farm, Tom sees preacher Jim Casy sitting near a shade tree. Tom meets this dude named Wallace who gets him a job. Casy then knocks the deputy unconscious. She says that Granma is really sick. Many of the people in the lower Midwest moved elsewhere, hoping to find fertile land on which to make a living.
Everyone else has to ride on top of the car, fully exposed to the sun. He hitches a ride with a truck driver, who presses Tom for information until Tom finally reveals that he was just released from McAlester prison, where he served four years for murdering a man during a fight. The Joads, escorted through the gate by state police, begin work immediately. In the middle of the night the Joad family found the Weedpatch camp, this is a government camp for the migrant workers. Ma hides him in a cave of mattresses, and the family leaves the camp to protect him. After the incident, Uncle John feels guilty about keeping five dollars hidden away in case he needed alcohol. The boss brings some thugs to break up the strike and they kill Casy.
One of them tells Ma about a government camp that offers comfortable amenities to migrants; it is hard to find vacancies in these camps. Soon after they began Grandpa dies and the family buries him alongside Route 66. They leave to find work elsewhere, and come across a peach-picking compound, where they are brought in to work while other migrants are on strike outside the gates. The idea of the people longing for vintage means that they are longing for jobs, a life, and the feeling of being treated like humans. Police officers arrive and announce their intention to burn the Hooverville to the ground. In this book he loves the ladies and is always hooking up with them. As a deputy leads Floyd to a car, Floyd attacks him.