There are quite a few characters in this chapter like: Tom, Ma Joad, Mr. Thomas, Timothy, Wilkie, Jim Rawley, Mrs. Sandry, Rose of Sharon, Pa Joad, Al, and Uncle John.
In this chapter the Joads came across the Weedpatch camp where migrants basically govern themselves. It was nicely kept and avoided as much corruption as possible. Tom meets Timothy and Wilkie Wallace who take him to the ranch they have been working on to try to get him a job. Mr. Thomas explains the Farmers' Associate. They were planning to send investigators on Saturday to spy on suspected communists. Ma Joad is visited by Jim Rawley who makes her feel welcomed and almost human-like again. A religious women, Mrs. Sandry warns Rose of Sharon about the sins that go on. Pa, Al, and Uncle John return without jobs but Tom is now employed giving some hope to the family.
The themes in this chapter were the heartache and disappointment that searching for jobs can have on a family, which didn't really change much with today's times. Luckily we have better opportunities now then they did. Another theme is being welcomed with advice and care. Ma Joad was welcomed by Jim which turned her outlook around a little. Also Rose of Sharon was given advice by Mrs. Sandry about the sins going on. The last theme I really picked up on was the hardships of not being paid what you deserved. They got screwed really when it came to pay, they had to take what they could get and deal with it or have no job. Luckily, we have minimum wage now so we are legally obligated to get at least that.
-How would life have been different if they had a required minimum wage like today?
-Imagine of you were a character in this novel, how would your outlook on life change?