The novel, The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, describes the journey of the Joad family, as well as other families, as they migrate towards California in attempt to find a job. While making their journeys across America, the jobless men of these families would begin to talk to each other, realizing that they have a similar background. Many of them lost their farms due to the Dust Bowl, and many lost their homes due to foreclosure. These men would then bind their families together, and try to make the trip to California as one. Eventually, more and more families would come together to form what Steinbeck called a zygote. Steinbeck’s idea of the zygote is accurate, because the scientific definition of a zygote is an organism developing from a living cell — as did the people from a single idea, to revolutionize the system. The theory of the zygote is expressed when Steinbeck describes the formation of it, the danger of it, and finally how the system tries to prevent it from revolutionizing.
When the migrant men were migrating to California for work, they would have to regularly have to stop their truck and repair its tires or refill its gas. Sometimes, when a migrant family stopped, there would be other families there, too. The two families would begin to talk, realizing that they have a lot in common. These families would then migrate to California together.
The two men squatting in a ditch, the little fire, the side-meat stewing in a single pot, the silent, stone-eyed women; behind, the children listening with their souls to words their minds do not understand. The night draws down. The baby has a cold. Here, take this blanket. It’s wool. It was my mother’s blanket—take it for the baby. This is the thing to bomb. This is the beginning—from ‘I’ to ‘we.’ (Steinbeck 152)
Once the two men began to talk, they talked about their lives before the migration. They discussed the struggle to keep their farms and homes; of in which they eventually lost. The women and children would listen to their conversations as well. A mother from one family would help the other’s children as if they were her own, and the two families would bind as one. Metaphorically, each family represents a cell, and when they come together, they form into one being. The migrants bound together to form a “zygote” that protested the government.
After the men had talked and bound together, they could protest in mass quantities. Black Hat, a man who Pa meets,...