Chapters of Tobacco Road pdf
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Lester family who live on a poverty-stricken farm in rural Georgia. We learn about Jeeter, Ada, and their children Dude, Ellie May, and Pearl.
Chapter 2: Jeeter and Dude discuss their desperate financial situation. Jeeter contemplates selling an old car for money. Meanwhile, Ellie May attracts the attention of the Lovelaces, a neighboring family.
Chapter 3: Jeeter hatches a scheme to claim social welfare for his son Dude, who is not actually disabled. The plan involves Jeeter pretending to be blind, while Dude pretends to be mentally handicapped.
Chapter 4: Tensions rise within the Lester family as they struggle to get by. Jeeter and Ada argue about their dire financial situation, while Ellie May dreams of finding a wealthy suitor to rescue her from poverty.
Chapter 5: Jeeter finally sells the car, but only manages to get $7 for it. He uses the money to buy a sack of turnip seeds instead of much-needed food. The family’s hunger becomes even more apparent.
Chapter 6: Ellie May begins a scandalous affair with Lovelace. Jeeter and Ada catch them in the act, leading to a heated argument. Jeeter banishes Ellie May from the family home.
Chapter 7: The Lesters continue to sink deeper into poverty. Jeeter becomes increasingly delusional, imagining lavish meals and material possessions. Meanwhile, Dude grows more resentful of his family’s reliance on him for welfare fraud.
Chapter 8: Tragedy strikes when Jeeter’s youngest daughter, Pearl, dies due to malnutrition. The family mourns while trying to come to grips with the harsh reality of their lives on Tobacco Road.
Chapter 9: Jeeter and Ada’s marriage deteriorates further as they blame each other for their misfortunes. They contemplate abandoning the farm and seeking a better life elsewhere, but cannot agree on a plan.
Chapter 10: The Lesters’ home catches fire, destroying what few possessions they had left. They are forced to live in a makeshift shelter on their depleted land. The family’s desperation reaches a breaking point.
Chapter 11: Jeeter’s health rapidly declines, and he becomes bedridden. The family struggles to care for him while facing the harsh realities of their lives. Dude decides to end the welfare fraud and get a job to provide for his family.
Chapter 12: Jeeter dies, leaving the Lesters devastated and without any direction. Unemployed and destitute, Dude attempts to keep the family afloat, but their future appears bleak.
Chapter 13: The Lesters receive eviction notices, and the family members scatter, each trying to find their own way out of their wretched existence on Tobacco Road. The novel’s conclusion leaves the reader with a sense of the never-ending struggle and hopelessness of poverty.
Tobacco Road summary