Intercalary Chapter Literary Analysis During the Great Depression, the nation as a whole was stripped of financial security and forced into a survivalist way of living. This changed the ways that people interacted with one another and the overall mentality of society. In the Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family is torn from their land and find themselves with nothing, a common story for migrant farmers of that time, derogatorily called “Okies” by Californians. But this is not the only group that is struggling, the entire county was in a state of panic and bruteness, no matter how “well off” they seemed to be. This caused the formation …show more content…
Along the road the Joad family has to put aside their innate humanness in order to survive and make it to California. Mae and the other diners actions support the idea that the migrants are misunderstood by those who are not struggling in the same manner. Mae labels the people coming into the diner, not truly understanding any of them, and notes how the rich are just as unhappy as the poor migrants. According to Mae, “..the worried eyes are never calm, and the pouting mouth is never glad...An’ the bigger the care they got, the more they steal-towels,silver,soap dishes.I can’t figger it.”(156) In this quote Mae is describing the upper class people that enter her diner, saying they steal and are anxious. This shows how the rich people are so blind to what's actually going on in the country but they too believe they are desperate and suffering, refusing to be comfortable. They are unhappy but unlike the migrants, they have no reason to be. The constant need to steal from …show more content…
In Chapter 15 the description of the rich diner guests includes that “ In their lapels the insignia of lodges and service clubs, places where they can go and, by a weight of numbers of little worried men, reassure themselves that business is noble and not the curious ritualized thievery they know it is;that they are kind and charitable in spite of the principles of sound business; that their lives are rich instead of the thin tiresome routines they know; and that a time is coming when they will not be afraid any more.” (155)This quote shows how those wealthy people choose to believe that they are not doing harm to those less fortunate in an attempt to soothe their rampant anxiousness. The rich people in this novel are repeatedly using their power in order to ensure their own financial/social security and through this they are beating down the migrant people. This is shown near the beginning of the novel as the migrant families are forced off their land. In Chapter 5 the owner men say “ And the owner men explained the workings and the thinkings of the monster that was stronger than they were. A man can hold land if he can just eat and pay taxes; he can do that. Yes, he can do that until his crops fail one day and and he has to borrow money from the bank. But-you see, a bank or company can’t do that,
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The combination of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl has undoubtedly increased many difficulties for the farmers physically and mentally. The film greatly speaks of the great struggles these farmers have faced from not only the effects of the depression and the massive drought of the Southwest, but also by the conflict between the bank and man, an inevitable result. The struggle to get off the Joad property is clearly shown when a man comes to visit them and tells them news that they have to get off the land. “I can’t help that. I got my orders.
The fact that the owner men get angrier and angrier as the tenants keep questioning them on why they have to leave proves that the owner men and the banks are one in the same and it shows the flaw in the euphemistic logic they so sloppily
He later relates this instance to the fact the Joads were also a family suffering from this hardship, thus ultimately showing that this struggle was experienced by several families during this time
The 1940 film Grapes of Wrath accurately describes the working conditions of migrating families during the Depression. The Joad’s family was a fictional family that depicted the low wages and poor living conditions of the migrant workers during the Depression. The Grapes of Wrath was historically accurate for the entire film. The family’s during the Depression would pack everything across country and sleep wherever they could find a space to rest their tired bodies.
The author includes small sections inside the book that focus on the entire situation rather than the one family, these sections give further description on the dust bowl situation and offer metaphors to link to the story while reading. The Joad's are a family consisting of two young children, three women, and seven men who have been entirely affected by the storm and are making their way to California. Tom Joad, the lead male character, is released from jail after serving a short murder sentence and he discovers his family farm has been abandoned, he later finds them and the family prepares for their travels. With little to no possessions or money remaining, warnings of none existing jobs, unkind encounters with strangers, and a couple family deaths, they make their way from camp to camp where small jobs were provided.
Turn's 1st episode has a man named Abraham talking about maggots Then the British soldiers start making fun of a rebels letter. then the red coats start to beat up Abraham. the captain gets in trouble for that. abe's dad talks about how his son is a rebel. abe gets free from the soldiers, but sam ain't so lucky.
For this chapter I decided to use the matrix for my example. In this book the protagonists, a curious man, Mr. Anderson, is confronted by some shady looking men promising answers. Mr. Anderson being his intuitive self decides to listen to the man and hear their explanation. Morpheus promises to show Mr. Anderson The truth if he just took a little red pill and saw how far the rabbit hole goes. Mr. Anderson or Neo takes the red pill starts going crazy from visions that the pill permit him see.
Before they met this farmer, they were incredibly unhappy. The old woman even states, “I should like to know what is worse, being raped a hundred times by negro pirates.. or else just sitting here and doing nothing?” (p 412). The farmer makes them realize they have special skills which can help them overcome some troubles in life. Hard work can help them overcome “boredom, vice, and poverty” (p 413).
John Steinbeck's work, The Grapes of Wrath, involves many moving motifs and ideas that are as culturally relevant now as they were when he wrote the novel in 1939. One of the topics that was especially common in the novel was migration. These quotes expertly describe the conflict that migration causes within society. Chapter 19, however, is solely dedicated to this topic. For the purposes of this close reading, I will be analyzing the beginning of this chapter.
Callie Pierce Professor Wombles English 1302 19 March 2016 Grapes of wrath Film and Book Discussion “The grapes of wrath book” by John Steinbeck demonstrates the problems of one migrant family referred to as the Joads. After being forced by natural disasters, mechanization of agriculture and the thriving big business they decide to relocate from Oklahoma to California where they face hardships after leaving the camp offered by the federal government. In the book, Steinbeck took the radical approach in the narration of the Joads suffering.
The Great Depression was a time of economic crisis around the world from the time period 1929 to World War II. To help capture the feeling in this period, John Steinbeck published The Grapes of Wrath. The main plot of of the story is about the Joads, a farming family forced from their home sent to search for work in California. Steinbeck includes a series of intercalary chapters to help paint a picture of migrant workers and the challenges they faced. In chapter 9, Steinbeck explores the emotional trials the tenants forced to endure when they are required to leave their homes and their lives, this chapter is an appeal to pathos.
During the thirties, in time of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl a great migration took place in which families from Oklahoma and other states moved into the West like ants searching for a new anthill. In the novel The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad and his family made a journey towards California after being driven out of their farm. Faced with hunger, poverty and weariness the Joad family and thousands of other migrants were discriminated and alienated from society simply because of their class. The Joad family cultivated their land in Sallisaw, Oklahoma and struggled to make ends meet as Oklahoma began to suffer immense damage from the Dust Bowl.
The rich are running away at this point of the novel because their city gate has been broken by the enemies, and the only way for them to be safe is to run. However, on the other side the poor have been waiting for this moment, including O-lan so they are able to invade the houses of the rich and steal everything and anything they can find. The rich are scared for their safety as the poor have even decide to kill if necessary, so they are giving up everything they have. They also gave up their money to god, for their protection like the man in the temple who fed the two boys with delicious cake.
The narrative chapters follow the journey of the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California together with thousands of other "Okies", to seek jobs, land, dignity, and a future. The intercalary chapters utilize a collage of vignettes, monologues, and dialogues designed to show the context behind the events which occurred in the novel. He uses a combination of narrative chapters together with intercalary chapters to provide outside commentary on narrative
The tone of chapter 11 in John Steinbeck's, “The Grapes of Wrath,” is sympathetic, sad and hopeless. His word choice and syntax show how the sad houses were left to decay in the weather. His use of descriptive words paints a picture in the reader's mind. As each paragraph unfolds, new details come to life and adds to the imagery. While it may seem unimportant, this intercalary chapter shows how the effects of the great depression affected common households.