In “the Patented Gate and the Mean Hamburger,” Robert Penn Warren’s two main characters, Mr. Jeff York and his wife, portray the stereotype of a Midwestern, MidAmerican, less than affluent farmer and his wife during the 1930’s. However, both Mr. and Mrs. York have characteristics that deviate from their main stereotypes. Standing on the corner, York has a gaunt, cadaverous visage. He has a tired look on his face that, in one way or another, parallels to his washed out, tired, blue jean overalls. One could easily come to understand that he has worked hard his whole life, and despite his appearance, his pale, blue-grey eyes reveal life and love for his wife and children. Every Saturday he takes his family out to town, where he waits on the corner with the other town’s men like his fathers and grandfathers did. Mrs. York reflects her husband’s appearance with her own chaste look. She keeps her head down and shows very little signs of liberation or poise. Her dresses are weathered as well, and she owns one coat for the winter. She is a devoted wife and mother. Always behind her are her three children who are all back to back in age, and although Mr. York is somewhere in his fifties, Mrs. York is twenty years his junior. Despite the York’s conforming to the basic 1930’s stereotypes, each has a few aspects that distinguish them from the others. Mr. York owns his own place- a white house with a white patented gate; many farmers of that time rented from their
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Written by Christina Hodge, the book Consumerism and the Emergence of the Middle Class in Colonial America: The Genteel Revolution, was to portray a woman during the eighteenth century and daily life in Newport. Hodge talks about Widow Pratt throughout the chapters, she is not the main character. The book is also based on a historiography, which is the study of historical writing. The theme of the book is on gentility, the social superiority by genteel manners, behavior, or appearance. There is also the way of being genteel, the way to act proper.
The Langdon family, as Some Luck envisions them, serve as an emotional ambassador for the thousands of Iowa farm families like them. Their story with its emphasis on the everyday and the incremental changes in Midwestern life, is something millions of Americans today both inside and out of the borders of the Midwest can relate to on an emotional level as the story of their own ancestors. Smiley chooses to examine changes in Midwestern life, not through the lenses of statistics, great men, cataclysmic events or lingering effects, but by invoking her imagination of how change was experienced as it occurred. She succeeds at conveying a truth in fiction, representative of thousands of truths in fact which will never be discovered. The historical
The plot: Lennie and George are migrant workers during the Great Depression. When the novel opens, they 're on their way to work on a ranch in California. Instead of going straight to the ranch, they camp by the river for the night and talk about their dream of one day having their own ranch. And that dream is central in the text. George is a small man with strong and sharp features.
In 1847 Eliza Stacey, a frontier farmer’s wife, writes a letter to her father-in-law Edward Stacey for financial aid after her husband George had been arrested and taken to jail. Her family was deep into debt and needed help. As she was nearing the end of her pregnancy, she was swamped with stress and work. This letter attempts to persuade her father-in-law to help her family once more by stressing the time and urgency of the situation, establishing how he is the only who can help them, and taking off blame from themselves. Stacey tries to procure her father-in-law’s sympathy for her dire situation by stressing the time and urgency of it.
Budge Wilson, in “The Metaphor,” writes about Ms. Hancock, a beloved teacher. Charlotte writes a metaphor in seventh grade relating her mother to a cold, grey building. When Wilson writes about Ms. Hancock, she describes her as being colorful and warm. Charlotte saw Ms. Hancock more as a mother figure than her own mother. However, when Ms. Hancock stops being her teacher, Charlotte starts to become more like her mother.
“My family has lived here for better than a hundred years. My grandmother planted these roses, and my mother tended to them, just as I do. I’ve watched my town grow” (Jackson 188). She thinks she has an advantage and that it is her town because of her pedigree; however, just because a past family member had a “head” in the town doesn’t mean that the youngest one, in this case Miss Strangeworth, have the right to write mean letters to townspeople. Miss Strangeworth demonstrates the traits of being an outsider by making herself different than others in the town.
Annie is an African American woman, and already living in the 1903, her working choices are very limited. She had very little money and an unfortunate marriage, Annie attempts working, but with being a domestic parent and leaving her two small boys in someone else's hands. With this mind, she describe this challenge as “There was no possibility of being hired at the town’s cotton gin or lumber mill, but maybe there was a way to make the two factories work for her.” So she quickly conquered that changallege and took no for an answers. She decided to work on selling warm food on the road for the workers.
The image that Dorothea Lange captured of a fearful and desperate weather-beaten woman, with her three children, has become the ideal representation of the desperation and hardships that many families have gone through during the Great Depression in America. In the article “ The Harvest Gypsies”, John Steinbeck portrays the desperation when he declares “ The father and mother now feel that paralyzed with numbness with which the mind protects itself against too much sorrow and too much pain” (Steinbeck n. pag.).When no food could be grown and no money could be made, entire families packed up everything they had and began the journey to California. Without even looking back at the past, many families left their hometown farms , only to end
While their friendship is evident, so is the subtle tinge of inequality. The reader’s first impression of Lennie and George is one of equality and similarity. Steinbeck writes, "Both were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. Both wore black, shapeless hats and both carried tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders" (2). At first blush, the unlikely pair form a support system, relying on each other undeterred by the disheartening temperament of the Great Depression.
The Other Side of The River tells a story of two towns: One by the name of St. Joseph and one by the name of Benton Harbor, which are 95 percent white and 92 percent black respectively. Although these two towns are geographically close, they are socially separated by class, race, and virtue. After the death of Eric McGinnis, a black teenage boy from the town of Benton Harbor, tensions grew between the two towns. The story of McGinnis’ death had several versions to it and the one you believed in was indicative of which side of the river you called home.
Examine how far George and Lennie are loyal to each other throughout 'Of mice and men' In the novella 'Of Mice and Men', by the well-known author, John Steinbeck, the reader is introduced to a varied range of different characters on the ranch; within this realm loyalty between George and Lennie plays a significant role in the lonely itinerant lifestyle. The characters in this short novel act in a world of their own, having no connections to any other type of society; through this Steinbeck can strongly depict the theme of loyalty and friendship in dire situations during this period of time. During the 1930's, at the ranch, a predominant role of intelligent white-males is seen to retain power over lesser groups of people, of which Lennie is portrayed to be this part as he is mentally disabled. Despite this George and Lennie strike up a friendship of loyalty: showing firm and constant support. ' Guys like us got no fambly...they ain't got nobody in the worl' that gives a hoot in hell about 'em' sums up the reason why their loyalty and companionship is so vital and special to each other.
Although the environment she grows in is extremely terrible and disgusting, Maggie remains her innocence and desires to escape from the bleak world of Bowery. In comparison, The Great Gatsby describes the Jazz Age, a period in the 1920s when the unprecedented prosperity in Long Island led to moral decline and criminal activities. People are trapped in their unsatisfied desire for money and higher social status. That time period is also referred as “The Roaring Twenties” due to social, cultural and economical
“The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte and “The Passing of Grandison” by Charles Chesnutt are both local color stories, meaning they are both “…are a pleasant and often sentimental presentation of typical life in a certain, definite locality that has characteristic speech, manners, and customs peculiar to itself. The pleasant portrayal of manners in the chosen locality is the primary aim of the local colorists or regionalists” (Local Color (Regionalism)-2 Notes). These two stories expressed heroism in different ways, and as a result of the different methods of expression, “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” is the better story, more worthy of study, than “The Passing of Grandison.” Although “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” and “The Passing of Grandison”
The author explores a variety of themes telling the story of George and Lennie, two agricultural field workers who are bound to each other but diametrically opposite in character. Lennie is a simple-minded man who is not in control of his strength,
Their towns are fighting; they have different colored skin; Turner’s a boy, and Lizzie is a girl. These two kids could not be more different but they find an unusual bond that maybe even they are not ready to accept. Unlike anyone else in Turner 's world, Lizzie just wants to have fun with him. She does not care if he is the minister 's son or if he’s white, she is related to a minister, and she’s colored, but who cares. Turner feels the same way about Lizzie, they both just want a reliable friend who they can be themselves with.