The Grapes of Wrath

Why does Steinbeck have this incident occur to an anonymous family and not the Joads? S-18

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Now and then Steinbeck broadens his scope to other migrant workers. They become a reflection of the Joad's experience and the Joad's experience reflects on them. They also provide an ominous warning for the Joads of what they can expect down the road.