“The Grapes of Wrath” takes place during the great depression: which was a substantial economic downside in United States history. At the same time, racism continues in the United States. The Okies are very talented farmers and most of them travel along route 66 to hope for a better life, but something was waiting for them that was unexpected to these people. They did not receive any governmental supports they were ignorant, and this makes native people easier to realize Okies as an outsider also they found menial and low paying jobs. Steinbeck implies that man turns against another human for the survival of the fittest; therefore, they do not mind to put another human in a situation that is challenging to survive.
Everyone can feel loneliness or isolation in their life. In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men two men, Lennie and George, travel to a farm, full of isolation for work, in hopes of raising enough money to pursue their dreams. Lennie is a big man with mental disabilities who does not know his own strength and George is his friend who helps take care of him. On the farm Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife which ends up also killing their dream. Steinbeck’s use of dialogue, word choice, and characterization develops his belief that isolation and loneliness is caused by both personal choice and social barriers depending on the character.
During the Great Depression, many people were desperate for a job, food, shelter, and security, all of which are standards expected in the modern world. However, in the midst of an economic crisis, the people who had stability despised those who could not achieve a steady way of life. Farmers who hoarded the food that could keep people alive would not help those in need. By selfishly withholding aid, the farmers failed humanity in a way, “that topples all our success,” showing that what they did was not right (Steinbeck 349). When faced with the injustice of people being too poor to afford what they need to survive, those who had resources were morally obligated to help feed those
"The economists are still saying, as they have said all along, that [the farmers] deserve to fail, they have failed because they are the "less efficient producers," and that the rest of us are better off for their failure."(105). Berry uses subtle humor to get his point across. He also uses facts and statements form actual economists. With the demise of small, carefully run farms and the subsequent loss of farm labor, corporate farmers were forced to adopt wasteful practices. It is a problem of optimal scale, of knowing how to farm in a sustainable manner, rather than exploiting and ruining the land.
The third reason Crispin should have run away from Stromford is that he was miserable. His mother had recently died and he had no one to help him. He was tired from working every day in the fields to please his masters. Even in the scheme of these things, John Ayecliff was cruel to him by making him work harder than the others. By being Miserable and being pushed too hard Crispin wanted to escape John Ayecliff, and Stromford.
In Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, a main theme would be greed and selfishness brought on by cultural and economic pressures. The Grapes of Wrath is set in the dust bowl era and depicts a time period in which jobs were scarce and homelessness was prominent. The story is centered around the Joads family who are forced off their land due to the money hungry businessmen. In addition, one of the men driving a tractor for the land owners happens to be a former tenant farmer. When asked by the Joad’s family why one of their own is working for the banks the driver explains, “I got damn sick of creeping for my dinner- and not getting it.
All because of something they cannot control, their gender, their age, and their race. Everyone deserves an equal chance at their dream, but that is not how life works. Both now and in the 1930’s, the minories face challenges that others do not. Despite knowing that they would probably never reach their dreams, they persevered. The American Dream is something that must be worked for.
He works a lowly job for money that is given directly to his mom, who with his dad, he is forced to obey. He is also subjected to constant belittling from the hands of his fellow field hands. He has a growing sense of shame that comes from the economic and social forces that keep him from going after his dreams and reaching his full
Joe once thinks of selling his land to the Devine owning to the financial problems in raising his family. However, after much persuading by Ruby Archuleta and Charlie Bloom, a progressive lawyer who fights for the rights of the villagers, Joe decides to continue to work in his beanfield despite all the difficulties he has to endure. The Devine keeps on oppressing him by sending its minions to thwart Joe’s efforts to irrigate his beanfield. In one of the incidents, the Devine tries to accuse Joe for allowing his cow to graze the grass of the Federal Government, but fails miserably as Joe is advocated by the villagers who exculpate him from the acrimonious allegation. With the help of Charlie Bloom, Ruby and the villagers, Joe becomes the hero of the village, the leader who successfully suppress the evil land developer’s movement.
Lennie and George’s dream was to own their own farm but it was hard to attain because of money issues and Lennie's disability, “But he gets in trouble alla time because he’s so Goddamn dumb” (Steinbeck 41). George was the only one who knew about Lennie’s disability and he kept it a secret because if people knew, they would have never gotten a job. People with mental and physical disabilities were discriminated during the Great Depression because they were different, which made it hard to attain dreams. There were many protests that happened during the Great Depression involving people with disabilities, people would go to relief offices and demand for jobs, but the
The rise and fall of the Populist party all started when farmers from all over the nation gathered together and addressed some common problems that they were facing. Farmers were stuck in a bad economic cycle. Prices for their crops were falling, and unfortunately farmers often had to mortgage their farms so that they could buy more land and produce more crops in order to “flourish”. There was very little suitable land to farm and cultivate and banks were foreclosing on the mortgages of farmers who could not make the payments on their loans. Moreover, the railroads were being taken advantage of farmers by charging excessive prices for shipping and storage.
They pay was incredibly low and not enough to well support themselves and their work conditions as well as living conditions were atrocious. Every possible method their employers had on running their farm was created just to make them feel “inferior and insecure. The environments of these work places were always of “hatred and suspicion.” This of course led to agricultural stikes such as the Salinas lettuce strike in
You can pay back tomorrow,” Walter shook his head. “Nome thank you ma’am,” he drawled softly.” (page 25). The farmers had it the worst during the great depression, with virtually no money the farmers do what little they can. Farmers today are still having trouble today, some get shut down for lack of product some don 't get with the times and are forcefully shut down.
The worst man made ecological disaster in American history; The Dust Bowl. During The Great Depression, jobs, money, and food were scarce it forced the farmers to over work the soil because there was very little money and food them. So,they had to plant more crops to make ends met. But they did not realize that they were braking up the dirt creating the dust bowl.
The Dust Bowl There’s a huge cloud coming only it 's not a cloud made of water, it 's a cloud of dust. When the Great Depression started in the 1930s there was a lot of economic problems, but during this time of crisis the Dust Bowl started. The dust bowl was a huge cloud of dust that destroyed parts of America. When the Dust Bowl hit it destroyed the agriculture and the dust storm affected the farmers living were the Dust Bowl hit and wherever the Dust Bowl hit, the farmer’s health was affected as well.