The Grapes of Wrath

What is the significance of Ma's quote to the story.

In chapter 18 - "Ma was silent a long time. 'Family's fallin' apart,'she said. 'I don't know. Seems like I can't think no more. I jus' cant think. They's too much."

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This quote allows us a glimpse into Ma's desperation. Her family is all that matters to her, and she is the "rock" of the family. If ma gives up, who will go on?


The Grapes of Wrath