Because of the devastating disaster of the dust bowl, the Joad family was forced to leave their long-time home and find work and a new life elsewhere. They, like many other families, moved to California. "The land of milk and honey". The people in the dust bowl imagined California as a haven of jobs where they would have a nice little white house and as much fruit as they could eat. This dream was far from the reality the migrant farmers faced once in California. The dreams, hopes, and expectations the Joads had of California were crushed by the reality of the actual situation in this land of hate and prejudice.
The Joads dream of owning a nice white house and being overwhelmed with fruit was quickly put to end after their
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He told of the Hoovervilles and dirty living situation of the migrants. He told of how his own children and died because he couldn't get a job to feed them. He said, "Sompein it took me a year to find out. Took two kids dead, took my wife dead to show me.....". The Joads were warned again right near the border of California, by the river, where they stop to camp. The men go down to the river to get cool and encounter a man and his son. They tell of how bad it is in California. They are returning home. Of course what the Joads hear doesn't in the slightest encourage them to turn back. They can't. Their lives back home have been destroyed by the dust and they only have one chance at a good future. California is that chance. They must keep a good image of her in their minds so they don't go crazy with fear. It's not that they don't believe any of the people, it's that they don't fully want to believe. The Joads continued on to California, despite al the warnings on the road they had received, because there was just no other possible future for the family.
Upon entering California the Joads got a glimpse of the unused farm land and their first taste that the rumors they had heard on the road about California, were in fact true. They drove down the road and would gaze at all the land that wasn't being used to produce food and crop for the people. They were amazed and thought if only they could have just that little bit of land,