Work: A Long Way Gone Thematic Subject: Survival In A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah presents the idea that the way to survival can be a long and rigorous journey of living each day to the next. Ishmael’s only way of getting through the war was to keep that mind set at such a desperate time. This is shown when Ishmael leaves Kaloko along with the others because he became “frustrated with living in fear” (Beah, 46). He leaves them, taking as many oranges as possible; like it’s his last. When he runs out of oranges, “[he] collected more at every village [he] slept in” (Beah, 47).
For hundreds of years women have been restricted to roles tied to the household and family, while the men have been deemed the breadwinners or sole income for the family and household. During the 1930s, the United States went through an economic crisis known as the Great Depression caused by the crash of the stock market and affected families across the country. During this time, Oklahoma, Texas, and a few surrounded states were hit by massive dust storms that swept across acres of farmland and agriculture, nicknaming this time the “Dirty Thirties”(wiki). The storms occurred because the states were experiencing a drought and the farmers were unaware of how to properly care for their land under these conditions, causing clouds of dust to surround
He was raised as a hard worker and was trained to snitch on his family, classmates, and coworkers. Shin was beaten and always hungry. This was life in Camp 14, one of the worst of all camps. A part of the book that was a big surprise to me would be the disconnect Shin had with his family. Shin was the cause of his mother's and brother's death; but yet he felt no remorse.
Though he life wouldn’t be the same after one day after school, this event started him on his personal journey. In the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Park, the character Salva, was sent on a personal journey, the events that impacted his journey were the war, the loss of his Uncle, and going to America. The war affected Salva’s journey because it caused his village to be attacked, and made all the children run away from their families and homes.
In Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, human suffering is portrayed throughout the whole novel. The novel takes place during the devastation of the Dust Bowl which occurred in the 1930's. People from various Dust Bowl states all migrated towards California; the land of hope. Steinbeck utilizes the Joads' journey to demonstrate and highlight the life of an average migrant. During this harsh time, people managed their lives under the notion: every man for themselves.
Did the benefits outweigh the costs? I believe that they did not because of documents F, E, B. There were to many people being tortured just for one wall and all of the not necessary deaths, not to mention but all of the peasants and farmers the people who last the food had to go build he wall so everyone even if you weren’t building the wall document E, F. There were many deaths involved in the Great Wall that were not worth it document F, E. There were a lot of deaths because of the Great Wall being built. The wall caused a lot of deaths that wee not needed, document E, F, B. There were over 1 million deaths involved and the Wall was built to protect not to kill.
After visiting the migration camps in California, John’s Steinbeck wrote his novel “The Grapes of Wrath” describing the struggles facing a family of migrating to California. Steinbeck described living with the dust that so fine at times that “it could not be seen in the air, and it settled like pollen on the chairs and tables, on the dishes.” Steinbeck was the first writer to describe the 2448 mile road from Chicago to Los Angeles as “Route 66.” He described in detail the deplorable conditions the migrant workers faced and the harassment that greeted them once they arrived out West trying to change their fates. The city of Bakersfield, California was a popular destination for many migrating Okies from Oklahoma. These Okies brought their own style of music to the area with them. This music, sometimes described as the Bakersfield Sound, blended traditional country music and honky tonk music that was the norm for the era.
The great depression caused a bunch of grief on the families due to all the events killing of their family members, separating families, and leaving them hungry. At this point of the Great Depression, many americans and others around the world thought that they were going to lose everything and the economy was never going to get better. The great depression also known as “Black Tuesday” started October 29, 1929, while President Herbert Hoover was in office. While in presidency Hoover only came up with hoovervilles to get the homeless have a place to stay, soup kitchens were thought of for the homeless to eat, and people also gave their scrap clothes to the homeless to have a little extra warmth during the cold weather. Hoover didn’t give anyone much hope on everything getting better anytime soon.
The Great Depression started on October 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed substantially, and lasted till the late 1930s. Twenty-five percent of American workers lost their jobs. Because of this, it became common for men to travel around from farm to farm picking up any work they could get. The two main characters in Of Mice and Men, Lennie Small and George Milton, traveled to Salinas, California, for work. It was typical for migrant workers during this time to travel on boxcar in search of their next destination.
Migrant workers are people from foreign countries that come to the U.S. to find paying jobs. Migrant workers had to work hard physical jobs for long hours everyday. They also had very poor living conditions because of the money the earned. The start of the droughts started in 1931 and the start of dust storms started in 1931. The dust bowl killed many people from filling people's lungs with dirt.
These people who chose to move West ran into many obstacles such as, animals dying, becoming lost and even death. This compares to the Samuel family because they also had to make a long journey to Prestonsburg through Pound Gap and I can imagine how brutal the trip was for them. To support yourself in Floyd County at this time you had to hunt or trap animals, so you could trade or sell pelts, furs and other things to gain money. And while building your cabin you would stay in a cavern. Everyone wanted land so they could sell it or start a farm and try to become prosperous.
During the Great Depression, life wasn’t easy. Many farmers lost their farms (about.com) and many familes lost their savings as the numerous amount of banks collapsed in the early 1930s. Because these familes could to not pay for rent payments or mortgage, they were forced out of their homes or were evicted from their apartments. Unemployed and underemployed male heads of the familes founded the depression to be extremely difficult, because in thraditional concepts, the men were the providers of the familes.
There were huge dump makeshift towns abundant with lost families; called “squatter camps” or “Hoovervilles of California”. There were countless wanderers, starving destitute families, desperate for any job to feed their own. These nomadic people were living in extreme property because their lands were destroyed and they lost everything , many small farm owners or business owners themselves, lost all that they owned and had no other choice, but to travel from place to place and try to find some source of income. Farm work wasn’t the easiest job to do, but for most it was all they knew. In addition, large industrialized farm corporations targeted such areas such as the Hoovervilles primarily because of how inexpensive their labor would cost them and how many desperate migrant farm laborers they could choose from.
Antonio was the oldest of six children, when his parents became sickly he struggled to financial support the family. He was approached with the opportunity to work in California doing construction work. The contractor (whom was a coyote) offered Antonio the option to pay off the debt to get into America once he received his job since he was unable to pay the fee upfront. In hopes to provide for his family Antonio took the deal and loaded a bus with others who were doing the same. “When the bus arrived at sparse border camp in the Sonora desert, the workers were separated and given to other coyotes.” (Slavery in the Fields, P453).
The year is 1930. Thousands of Americans find themselves penniless, waiting in lines outside of soup kitchens for their one meal of the day. At the same time, actors like Clark Gable, Mae West, and Carole Lombard find themselves making thousands of dollars for their on-screen talents. The 1930s are remembered primarily for the Great Depression, a time of poverty and desolation, but despite the economic decline, this was a bustling era that saw many fantastic changes in the film industry, many of which are reflected clearly in the film The Wizard of Oz. To truly understand what the film industry was like in the 1930s, one must first understand the Great Depression and the effect it had on the movie business.