Study Guide

The Grapes of Wrath Chapter 1

By John Steinbeck

Chapter 1

  • There's big-time drought in Oklahoma, folks. Everything dries up under the fierce sun.
  • In mid-June, dark rain clouds form up above, but they pass by without dropping rain.
  • In the wake of the rain clouds come fierce winds, and the winds kick up the dry earth and the dust that has been baking under the sun.
  • Dust storms form, and they are so thick that you can't even see the sun. They drive the Oklahomans inside their homes.
  • The crops are ruined.