The book The Worst Hard Time was written in three parts; “The Promise”, “Betrayal”, and “Blowup”. In the introduction of “The Promise: The Great Plowup” it takes the reader on a quick journey of the Southern Plains towns in the area that was affected by the dust bowl. A few survivors shared their stories about life during the tragedy. In this section the important topics are introduced; ethnic tension, soul-searching, shame, a path to redemption, and settlement problems. This section follows a few settlers who had to live in a place that gives nothing back.
The Balad of Tom Joad is a song about the migration of Tom Joad’s family which reflects commendably about the difficulties, hardships, struggles, changes and challenges that common were facing during the 1930s. According to The Balad of Tom Joad, the dust bowl and drought compelled numerous people to migrate in the 1930s. Further, the song reveals that the Great Depression caused severe poverty in
I called to my lovers but they deceived me; my priests and elders perished in the city while seeking food to revive their strength. See, O Lord, how distressed I am; my stomach churns, my heart is wrung within me, because I have been very rebellious. In the street, the sword bereaves; in the house it is like death. They heard how I was groaning, with no one to comfort me. All my enemies heard of my trouble; they are glad that you have done it” (Lamentations 1:18-21).
They said just the smell of the food made them sick to their stomach a few weeks after working there. Along with the monotonous tasks and horrible smell, trying to deal with the customers was the most difficult. One of my friends said that dealing with customers was the worse when working
This made them more emotionally scared since the one thing they relied on, had betrayed them, and so it seemed as there was truly no hope at all for them. Many times, their relatives of loved ones were the ones being executed, creating emotional trauma. Elie Wiesel writes, “Smack in the middle of the road, two cauldrons of soup with no one to guard them….free for the taking. But who would dare? Fear was greater than hunger.” Starvation was another method used by the Nazis, only fear outranked being hungry.
If we were out in public you would probably guess that we are not close because there always seem to be an argument that abrupt everywhere that we go and it could be over the smallest things. My dad, for instance, like to complain about everything and if we went out to eat he would make a scene if he did not like something that he had ordered and then the family would start arguing with him because of his actions and then we will look disconnected from that point
.Economic class is defined as “people having the same social, economic, or educational status”. Richard didn’t have the same Economic class as his pupils, he was the poorest. He was always hungry; eating his peers food and paste from the cloakroom. He experiences shame for the first time in his idiot’s seat, squirming and pocking other kids around. The external shame Richard feels is caused by his teacher, who makes barbarous comments about his poor school work assuming is due to stupidity; not knowing is due to his hunger.
The crowd streaming out from Arty’s act would plunge deeper into the midway than all the rest, as though cantankerously determined to treat themselves to the joys of junk food and simp twisters to make up for the misery that had just been revealed to them” (Dunn 115). At this moment Arty realizes his power to control more than just his own family. The roots of Arturism were exposed in that moment. His first source of power was Alma Witherspoon who had no family or friends. She had been heartbroken from a relationship that could never be.
Dinner time was always one of the hardest times of the night. I had to feed charlotte who was crying because she was starving. At the same time I had to figure out what Bentley wanted to eat. He was a picky eater I had to hold up the food. If by chance he showed any reaction on his face.
“ Men and Women from every corner of Europe were suddenly reduced to nameless and faceless creatures desperate for the same ration of bread or soup, dreading the same end.” In the quote Elie is talking about how all her memories are about other people’s pain and how everyone goes through the same issues and experiences. The last example that shows pain is from the second passage Hope, Despair, and Memory. “ Is it not natural for a human being to repress what causes him pain, what causes him shame? Like the body, memory protects its wounds.” Pain is something that every human being can relate too and are ashamed of. People get hurt all the time because they are afraid to show their scars.