The Grapes of Wrath

What tragedy is foreshadowed by the suggestion that "the leaves of the young corn became less stiff and erect; they bent in a curve at first, and then, as the central ribs of strength grew weak, each leaf tilted downward"?

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I would think the death of the sharecropper farmers in their profession. , the end of their era in farming. As well there is a draught.