The Grapes of Wrath

How is life on the road different from life in the campground?

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The road is long and lonely. They are frequently abused and made fun of. At the camps, however, something special happens.At the campgrounds where they stayed the twenty or so families became one. Their losses and their concerns became communal. The families were at first timid, but they gradually built small societies within the campgrounds, with codes of behavior and rights that must be observed. For transgressions, there were only two punishments: violence or ostracism. Leaders emerged, generally the wise elders. The various families found connections to one another.