Grapes of Wrath clearly illustrate the class struggle between workers and the upper class. Steinbeck displays the discrimination between the migrant people and landowners. Migrant workers are handled worse than animals, family’s or “Okies” are starving as food is wasted by the wealthy and the landowners maintain control through violence. “What do you want us to do? We can't take less share of the crop – we're half starved now. The kids are hungry all the time. We got no clothes, torn an' ragged. If all the neighbors weren't the same, we'd be ashamed to go to meeting.” (Pg 33). Farmers are trying to reason with the landowners, their whole community is out of money and are struggling to make a living. Grapes of Wrath show the unfair working situations that migrants face when they arrive in California. Land Owners are the most wealthy and powerful having the ability to pay their workers a poor wage. In the Grapes of Wrath, many Americans lose their homes, jobs and life savings, forcing them to move and leave behind their land in hopes of finding a prosperous place to live. The Great Depression (1929-1939) was the worst, deepest and longest lasting economic collapses in the industrialized western world. The Joad family is planning to move to California, but some of them have doubts and attachments that make them contemplate whether or not it is the right choice. The Joads find their motivation by helping each other through tough situations. Steinbeck shows the determination of the human spirit
Madeleine Thien’s “Simple Recipes” is not mainly about the father cooking food and his treatment towards his son, instead, the author uses food to symbolize the struggles her immigrated family experienced in Canada. While it is possible to only look at the narratives that food symbolizes, the idea is fully expressed when the father is compared with the food. The theme of food and the recipes are able to convey the overall troubles the narrator’s family encountered. Although, food is usually a fulfilling necessity in life, however, Thien uses food to illustrate the struggle, tensions, and downfall of the family. Yet, each food does represent different themes, but the food, fish, is the most intriguing because of the different environment it
David Brooks utilizes the rhetorical devices of Logos, Ethos, and Pathos to build his argument that disrespecting American values is counterproductive. First, Brooks uses the Rhetorical device of Pathos to appeal to the emotions of the reader. He says that “Over the centuries, this civic religion fired a fervent desire for change”(Par. 6). Brooks uses the word “fervent” in his writing, because it appeals to the emotions of the reader, It expresses the extent of the desire for change. This is known as pathos. Next, Brooks uses the rhetorical device of Logos to appeal to the intelligence of the reader. He says “as late as 2003, Americans were the most patriotic nation, according to the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center”.
Analysis: Compare chapter 2:How to Read Literature Like a Professor-“Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion” to part two(chapter 11) of The Fountainhead.
Imagine being alone in the wilderness. Nothing but trees, ground, sky, and what lies beyond where you are not. Do you think you could survive 54 days like this? Could you rely on only yourself, your knowledge, and your memory? This is what Brian had to go through in the book Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. Brian, after being in a plane crash, had to survive in the Canadian Wilderness on his own. He relied mostly on his memory during this time. When doing this it helped him get food due to him remembering something from school. Relying on his memory also hurt his survival. He remembered times when he had food. This made him hungrier than he already was. Throughout the book he has memories that help and hurt his chance of survival. These memories,
Zora Neale Hurston, an author during the Harlem Renaissance, wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, an amazing novel written about the losses and loves of a lady named Janie Crawford. The author describes the way Janie found out who she really was and what love was throughout her three marriages. Janie’s first two marriages were unfulfilling and not healthy for herself. Janie realized what true love was when she met Tea Cake.
For a tradition as storied and fantasied of as Mardi Gras, an encyclopedic account of its origins and traditions has long been overdue. Such an account is provided within the new book Carnival in Louisiana: Celebrating Mardi Gras from the French Quarter to the Red River, written by Brian Costello. The work is an impressive feat of research and storytelling that it is imbued with a deep spirit of love and excitement for the celebratory nature of Carnival. In the course of the 198 pages, Costello takes the reader through the multiple cultural landscapes of Louisiana, exploring the unique customs associated with each community's festivities. Costello’s achievement is a book of encyclopedic depth that is continuously exciting and enriching for
“Ten British tourists who seem to have made the decision to absorb the American experience entirely by mouth. Here everyone has at least two drinks - iced tea and milk shake, Michelob and water (with lemon slice in the water, please) - and a huge, promiscuous orgy of breakfast specials, mozz sticks, chicken strips, quesadillas, burgers with cheese and without, sides of hash browns with cheddar, with onions, with gravy, seasoned fries, plain fries, banana splits. Poor Jesus! Poor me!” (Ehrenreich, 47).
Every Thanksgiving and Easter, John would bring his camera to take pictures of all of the family together. Every year John would make a yearly calendar with everybody's picture in it and all of the family’s birthdays. He takes pictures so that he can have pictures of everybody for the
If historical figures decided to follow the rules and accept the norms of society, then many of the rights that has developed to this day would not have occurred. Simply a person who breaks the rule cannot be generalized as an unjust person, but should be judged upon why the person has broken those rules. In the Wine of Astonishment and throughout history it can be seen that laws, people had to obey under were not necessarily just and equal. Therefore, it can also mean the law makers only consider the vast majority of the people and not consider the minorities. Bee Dorcas, who is the pastor for the Shouter Baptist in Bonasse was confronted by the banning of his religion from the Crown Colony system, but made a decision to break the law by giving
Undertones of tipsy supremacy ring out even past the immense, copious, and lustrous door separating me from the bountiful feast just a few strides away. The cordial rumbles oftimes discontinued by the forceful and festive laugh for our royal guests of worthy prestige. Although I'm stuck here, elsewhere from the divine feast with huge volumes of platters tower over me in need of sterilization. This is my task even if I long to be elsewhere, it has to be done I owe it to my Thane and his intimidating bride to make sure this celebration is flawless. Everyone has to leave more fulfilled and lively than they entered, or my hard work as a servant will be in vain.
In the seventeenth century, poets actively avoided publication due to the stigma associated with printing or selling work for money. Writers that published their work were looked down upon. Most poets, such as Donne wrote poetry for small coteries, and their work existed mostly in manuscripts.
Joy Harjo’s poem “Perhaps the World Ends Here” implants an impression of the world as a kitchen table: “The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.” (1). As I interpreted the poem, I perceived it as a brief analysis of life. Harjo elaborates life as one protracted feast, and our life ends when we eat the concluding bite of our meal: “Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.” (11). What is the point of life? This question wandered about in my head demanding an answer as I read the poem. Is life as simple as a short meal at a kitchen table? After reading “Perhaps the World Ends Here,” I am made aware of the answer to this very question. We design