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.
In the days of the Great Depression, many people lived in a harsh environment. people’s hopes were to get a job and be able to support their family through these rough times. These hopes and dreams are known as the American Dream, which is still alive today. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, this topic is explored. The book illustrates the day to day life of George and Lennie, ranch workers who are living in the time of the great depression, who have a dream of owning their own ranch one day.
The Great Depression was a time when our country went through economic crisis and turmoil. John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath express to readers the life and hardship of the characters during the Dust Bowl at the time of the Great Depression. The novel portrays a turtle crossing the Oklahoma highway which symbolizes the struggles, discrimination, and perseverance of many migrant farmers in the Midwest during the time of the Great Depression. The journey of the turtle is portrayed as a metaphor of the journey of the migrant farmers in their search for hope and a better life for their family. The use of symbolism in the story helps readers create the ideas and qualities of the characters.
This paper will explain historical events concerning the cowboys and depict their true lifestyle which contrasts the stereotypes normally associated with being a cowboy, as well as summarize the novel The Day the Cowboys Quit. The historical cowboy strike of 1883 was led by Tom Harris, a ranch hand at the LS ranch in Tascosa, Texas. Harris was tired of being controlled by ranches that were owned by corporations only interested in monetary wealth, specifically five major ranches: the LIT, the LX, the LS, the LE, and the T Anchor. Additionally, the ranch owners were establishing new rules that did not allow cowboys to receive calves as part of their pay, brand mavericks, or run small herds on their employers’ land. Many cowboys felt cheated by these new laws and believed that they solely benefitted ranch owners (Zeigler).
Under the circumstances brought by the Dust Bowl, the Joads must leave their life in Oklahoma behind in order to survive and pursue an altogether better life. This separation from their property is conclusively a death sentence for Granpa Joad, the founder of the Joad farm, who shortly dies after their departure. As the Joads embark on their journey, they begin to feel the discrimination that is shared throughout a large population of people who were referred to as “okies”. This conflict is resolved in many ways. In retaliation to the unjust conditions for migrant farmers in California, Jim Casy organizes a strike against unfair wages.
George and Lennie, prominent characters in the story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, are migrant workers—men who move from place to place to do seasonal work— who end up in California and are faced with numerous problems. Set in the era of the great depression, the story of Lennie and George, two very different men who have formed a family-like union, takes place on a farm where Lennie struggles to stay out of trouble. Having committed an unintentional, harmful act, Lennie is faces severe consequences; and George must decide to make a necessary decision which changes the mood of the entire novel. By the comparison and contrast of George and Lennie, unique characters who are very different from each other, the reader can better acquaint himself
Of Mice and Men is a novella by John Steinbeck, published in 1937. It is set in the Salinas Valley in California during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, have a work contract at a local ranch so that they one day might purchase a property of their own; however, due to Lennie’s childlike mental state the goal seems far-fetched. In his poem, ‘To a Mouse’, which is also the source of the novella’s title, Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid schemes of mice and men / Go often askew,” which one can compare to George’s goals of achieving the elusive American Dream together with Lennie, but as the poem also suggests this will go askew, and this is Lennie’s fault. Therefore, why does George not get rid of Lennie, when Lennie even offers to “(…) go off in the hills an’ find a cave.” (OMM, 14), and pursue the dream himself?
In fact, this novel is about just that. Published in 1937, Of Mice and Men tells a story about two migrant ranch workers, George and Lennie, who relocate to different areas in California in search of new opportunities during the Great Depression in America. What makes this novel so interesting and significant, is the use of foreshadowing. Essentially every single character plays a huge role in this novel and every single death gives us another clue to the ending. Without Steinbeck’s foreshadowing, one could not predict the final piece to the story and one’s perspective would be a lot different.
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.
His father then moved to Mexico because of all the racism that was being directed towards the African Americans during that time. James was raised by his grandmother until he was thirteen years old .She would often tell him stories that would make him feel proud to be an African American. It was during this time that James started to feel close to his heritage and it made him feel like he was a part of something. Then he moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother and her new husband. It was in Illinois that Hughes started to write poetry.