Several of the migrant people, “scuttling for work, scrabbling to live, looked always for pleasure, dug for pleasure, manufactured pleasure, and they were hungry for amusement” (Steinbeck 325). While some migrant farmers did want the relief that came with living in a government camp, others aimed to continue traveling for work simply seeking self-amusement. The Joads, however, aimed to live in a government camp until they were once again financially stable. In their search for a government relief camp, “Tom Joad drove along a country road looking for the Weedpatch camp” (Steinbeck 286). The accommodations provided by the government-funded camps allows the Joads to start anew and begin their economic climb back to their old way of living.
The topsoil, now loose, was easily picked up by wind, creating large waves of dust rushing towards homes and farms. Without crops, farmers lost valuable money, leaving them with two choices, to move away in order to make a living, or continue to lose money. “60 percent of the population moved from the western area...due to the drought that was killing cattle and ruining crops”(History.com). They had “set up the region for ecological disaster” (History.com) and could no longer live in the area. John Steinbeck wrote in his 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath: “And then the dispossessed were drawn west- from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico; from Nevada and Arkansas, families, tribes, dusted out, tractored out.
T. Hewes ' account of the Boston Massacre tells the tale of how the towns people were treated prior to this event. He talks about the treatment of the soldiers towards the colonists. They did many things that were advantageous and not fair. One incident he discusses is when an apprentice is not paid for the work that his master has called him to do for a soldier. This incident coupled with the numerous things that have happened during that time, incited the people and caused them to want to protest more vehemently.
In most of his stories which contain the classicism theme, we see this as an accompanying one. All the characters who are lower in the class structure and aren 't doing well both financially and relationship wise, always have a desire to become both successful and happy. The Joads are a perfect example of this strive for happiness and success. They want to be successful by traveling to California to find a new farm to grow on. Their burning desire for success is exemplified in their fight with both the natural elements such as major dust clouds and material difficulties such as their broken down jalopy.
Throughout history, humans have always been afraid of anything and anyone unlike their culture. Even in the twenty-first century, there is heated debate surrounding illegal immigration in America; some believe that illegal immigrants from Mexico are stealing jobs and harming the economy. These irrational fears are discussed in Luis Alberto Urrea’s book, “The Devil’s Highway,” which tells the true story of 26 illegal immigrants who are abandoned after crossing the U.S. border. Through this true story, Urrea shows the mistreatment of illegal immigrants, and his use of historical examples reveals that immigrants have always been subject to prejudice and persecution in the United States. In the book, Urrea describes the harmful treatment illegal immigrants often experience as they attempt to cross the border.
John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath was published just as the Great Depression ended. His novel is set during the 1930’s, specifically in the dust bowl of the Midwest. In The Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family makes the perilous journey out West to find new jobs after their family farm was shut down by the company that owned their land. When they reach California, they realize it was not the oasis they had once imagined it to be, as they were met with no jobs left in the state, poor living conditions, brutal police, and low amounts of food. However, the obstacles they face all hold one thing in common: they are the product of man’s cruelty.
This time the music doesn’t just stand for affirmation. On the ride back to Iowa the music starts to play as Ray approaches a hitch hiker, Graham, it confirms Ray was suppose to take him back to his farm and help him fulfill is dream. Once back to the farm, Ray is having another conversation with his wife about his regrets with his father, as the conversation goes on the music starts up, foreshadowing whats to come for Rays
Huckleberry turns his back on Jim in the movie so he could stay with the Grangerford family. In the book Huck takes care of Jim and makes sure he is not found as do the slaves of Grangerford. Huck tells Jim that he is looking for a family and deserved to live there. In the book he is set on helping Jim after the in counter with the slave hunters. The book did a better job at showing the value of family with out making it seem like Huck was this sensitive little
“Harvesting tomatoes and other produce from the nation’s agricultural fields is arguably the worst job in the country” (Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt 180). Workers, such as Ortiz, are often caught out in the blazing temperatures for hours on end and are exposed to harmful chemicals and pesticides. Sometimes there can be weeks with no work or wages and workers are sent back home on buses. “I only had three days of work this week,“ Ortiz says. “I don’t know how I will pay my rent” (Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt 180).
During this time, many people traveled to California in search of jobs and an easier life. George and Lennie, one of the many migrant workers, had a dream of one day owning their own property, but with a turn of events they lose their chance at this dream and end up alone and devastated. However, George and Lennie’s compassion for each other manages to override the story’s dark mood. In his book Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck suggests that companionship is paramount to living a good life. Steinbeck chooses to reveal this theme through his characters Curley, Crooks, George and Lennie.