Chapter 2: Going Home

A truck driver crosses path with Joad, just coming out of jail, walking back to his father’s house.
I find interesting the contrast between the two men, one outgoing and inquisitive, ready to describe his life on the road with someone, the other one being reserved and almost reluctant to participate in the conversation. I was touched when Joad tells the driver that he is going to his old man’s place so he does not “have to lie to get a job”. How many people who have served some time in jail are going home, because it is their only option?

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  1. It’s interesting, trying to put one’s self into the framework of a specific time period. I realize that hitchhiking was not thought of in the same way it was now. However, even given that, it still seems that Joad at least raises some questions in the driver’s mind (e.g. Joad is wearing new clothing–in a difficult time; Joad doesn’t seem to be up on the current situation in agriculture, as a result of the drought, etc.) I know that the driver wanted to be perceived as a good guy, so this affected his judgment, too, in picking up a rider. And, then, in Joad’s responses the conversation, etc. I’m still trying to get a sense of who Joad is. Will be interesting to see as this unfolds.

    On a side note, regarding hitchhiking, reminds me of a guy I was acquainted with who hitchhiked across the U.S. after graduating from college in the early 80s and his talking about some of the harrowing experiences along the way that he had. Wow, what a different world the 1930s were!


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