The Grapes of Wrath

the turtle is completely at the mercy of Tom. How is the turtle's situation like that of the 1930's farmer ?

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The turtle can be seen as a metaphor for both the Joads and the migrants in general: the turtle is tough, tenacious, and unstoppable. At the same time the migrants are at the mercy of the banks and land owners just as the turtle is at the mercy of Tom.