In the book The Grapes of Wrath, it portrays many of the experiences being lived in the Great Depression and the Dust bowl. But, it also portrays some of the many lives being lived in the modern age today. The book makes a powerful draw to many of the readers due to the fact that America was once in this position; that almost every family was in this position during the Great Depression. Even today in the modern age, most of readers have been through the struggles of trying to survive or what their family members had to do for a better life. The book gives a lot of connection and shows deep meaning that people understand the most. The difficult times being told through the Joad family of how they had to move to California and search for a …show more content…
Also knowing that they left their homeland, Oklahoma in order to search for a better life and to find out California is just as jobless questions the reader. The Joads continued to struggle through when they made it to California. Having to live in an area of the town called “Hooverville” and living day by day without any job or pay would make the reader think the Joads will soon give up. But, despite the fact they had to suffer through the adversity, they still moved forward. In the end of Chapter 1, the quote “The women studied the men’s faces secretly, for the corn could go, as long as something else remained” tells us that hope was the only thing that the women could look forward to. As the men grew hopeless, it was the woman's job to give hope to everyone. Ma Joad kept everyone and everything optimistic as possible. It is interesting to the readers that Ma Joad was almost the “boss” of the family and the link of keeping the family together. She always brought hope among the family which relates to many of the readers that have that certain family member who is the “Ma Joad” in the …show more content…
Besides hope, family was the most important element that strived them through the hard times. It was the mean of survival and without each other, the Joads would have never been able to get to California. It tells us that family is a commodity that shouldn’t be given up on. As the book is read through, it is noticeable that Ma Joad is the one who always tries to keep the family together and is willing to accept new members to join the family. For example, Ma says “we don’t want you to go’way from us. It ain’t good for folks to break up.”(ch.16, 165) tells us that no matter the circumstances, the family will always stick together and find a different solution to the
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John Steinbeck has been a pillar of American literature for decades. His work, especially Grapes of Wrath and The Harvest Gypsies, helped to shed light on some of the issues that plagued California, and the rest of the United States during the Great Depression. His works accentuate the theme of the importance of community, especially when those with the power to help don 't. These novels take place during the Great Depression, a time when there were very few jobs, little stability, widespread poverty, and diminished hopes for the future. This era sets the stage on which these stories take place. During these harsh times, many people turned to the government or banks for help, but they were turned down by the banks because they wanted a profit, or they bankrupted, and the government 's resources were stretched so low they could only help few people.
In the book The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, Moore talks about his life experiences and the experiences of another man who is also named Wes Moore. The author states, “The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his,” is true up to the extent in which they had different support systems involving family and friends (Wes xi). Both men had many similarities, but they had differences in their support systems that lead each one to make different choices. They are around the same age, live in the same neighborhood, and both were raised by their single mothers.
The Grapes of Wrath is a story about a family that gets moved out off their land and decides to move to California to find work. A lot of farmers in the book are going through hard times, so most of them move to find new places to work. The Joad family is one of the many families that do move. Everyone in the Joad family moves but Noah. Noah decides to stay in their home town.
The Great Depression was a time of serious plight and hardship for families across the world, but was especially gruesome in the United States. During this time the Southern region of the United States suffered from a severe drought that lasted for six years and due to poor agricultural practices alongside gusty winds, large dust storms were able to form. The novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is set during this time and follows the journey of the farming family the Joads. As readers follow the family of twelve on their journey to California, a place they referred to as the “promised land,” there are many parallels made to the Bible. Steinbeck's use of Biblical allusions throughout the novel illustrates Joad's resilience to survive
7. Generalization: an opinion or statement made about a large group, neglecting to take individuality into account. Textual Evidence Interpretation/Explanation “A gentle riddance.—Draw the curtains, go. — Let all of his complexion choose me so.”
Rose of Sharon Joad is one of the most evolved characters from The Grapes of Wrath. When she is first introduced, Steinbeck portrays her as the stereotypical nineteen-year-old woman in the 1930’s; pregnant and married to her husband, Connie. She is a self-absorbed individual and lives with Connie and his family instead of her own family. She believes that her husband and their baby, as well as herself, are the only important things in her life. Her pregnancy changes her from an extremely outgoing and lively girl into a self-centered, tight-lipped, selfish woman.
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.
Tamyra Brown 11 May 2023 Significant Quotations Adah Adah realizes that she and her siblings are now forced to grow up and fend for themselves. In addition, Adah notices that they are now just like the Congolese children and the girls’ childhood has been taken away from them. As Adah is thinking about her new lifestyle, she mentions ”Our childhood had passed over into history overnight. The transition was unnoticed by anyone but ourselves” (Kingsolver 218).
(Steinbeck 144) Ma Joad displays the similarity between her and Virgin Mary through her strength and selflessness. At the time the Joads were crossing into California, she keeps quiet about Grandmas death and rides along with her dead body the whole night. This actions suggests that Ma thinks of the family as an unit that must always stick together, her sense of honesty since she tells Grandma directly that she can’t be helped, and her own appreciation of beauty, especially seen in her remarks about burying
Jeannette Walls depicted an epoch of misfortune and adversity in her memoir, The Glass Castle. Jeannette and her 3 other siblings were all in a constant struggle to survive. Rex and Mary, the parents of Jeannette and her 3 siblings, were often in a constant dichotomy between submitting to self-interest and supporting the family. Having misfit parents, Jeannette and her 3 siblings were often independent and left to fend for themselves and for the family as a whole. In The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls evolved the theme of ideal versus reality throughout her memoir though her countless anecdotes of her father and his unattainable plans to find gold and to build a home, named The Glass Castle, for his family and her mother’s dream to become a professional and well redound artist.
Home is My Life Burden Home. An alternative life kept from the outside world. Behind closed doors, it can be filled with tension but others may see happiness. Life outside my home is my escape from the anxiety that’s built from within the walls of what is called my home. But now, it’s not fully a family with just me and my mother.
Since the book came out in 1939, everyone has had a opinion on the ending to John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. It has a very controversial ending, that Steinbeck thought would name the last nail into the coffin, so to speak, on how bad the dust bowl and moving west really was. The ending starts when the Joad family is threatened with a flood, so they make their way to a old barn where they find a boy and his old father. The boy says his father is starving, and that he can’t keep anything solid down. He needs something like soup or milk.
In The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck follows the Joad family as they suffer the hardships caused by the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. The most important lesson people can learn from the novel is the value of a human life. Although the 1930’s was a low point in American society, the ill-treatment of human beings is still relevant today. Just like Jim Casy’s philosophy, it is important to fight for the rights of the people and their dignity. There are several examples of oppression in The Grapes of wrath.
Margaret Atwood’s short story, “Lusus Naturae” portrays the story of a woman who has to face the problem of isolationism and discrimination throughout her whole life. In this short story, the protagonist very early in her life has been diagnosed with a decease known as porphyria. Due to the lack of knowledge at the time, she did not receive the help required to help her situation. Thus she was kept in the dark, her appearance frightens the outsiders who could not accept the way she looks, slowly resulting in her isolationism physically and mentally from the outside world. This even caused her to separate herself from the only world she knew her family.
In The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, the chapters alternate between two perspectives of a story. One chapter focuses on the tenants as a whole, while the other chapter focuses specifically of a family of tenants, the Joads, and their journey to California. Chapter 5 is the former and Steinbeck does an excellent job of omniscient third person point of view to describe the situation. Chapter 5’s main idea is to set the conflict and let the readers make connections between Steinbeck’s alternating chapters with foreshadowing. Steinbeck is effectual in letting readers make connections both to the world and the text itself with the use of exposition, and symbolism.