The two things that contributed to the start of the dust bowl are, over-farming and drought. The dust bowl was a terrible dust storm that devastated lives of thousands in the Southern Great Plains. The dust bowl occurred in the 1930’s. People called this time the blackest year. To start, these were the conditions of the dust bowl.
In Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, Dust comes up often near scenes of war and death. In our world, dust is found on objects that have been neglected, and have not been cared for. It accumulates over time, and does not go away without somebody taking the initiative to sweep or blow the dust away. Dust is composed mainly of dead materials such as dead skin and dead dust mites, making it the embodiment of death. Hemingway uses the appearance of dust in A Farewell to Arms to accompany scenes of destruction and decay.
“He trudged on, squinting at the sprays of sunlight that cast a reddish hue on the snow-clad pines in a final farewell to daylight.”(313) The “reddish hue” described is a sign of what is to come as the light that is Charlie’s life is bid a “final farewell”. “Darkness folded itself over the land with a cruel swiftness. It fell upon the landscape, swallowing Charlie and the thread of track connecting civilization to nature’s vastness, shutting away with maddening speed the last wisps of light from Charlie’s eyes.”(313) Charlie is totally despair in the darkness is a symbol of effects of hypothermia pulling the life from him despite his efforts to fight it. “Smiling he welcomed the Orion queen – not a star constellation but the great Wendigo – dressed in midnight blue, her dress alive with the glitter of a thousand stars.”(313) The serene imagery of the Wendigo gives the end of the story an insidious feeling by trying to imply that Charlie, a child who only wanted to escape to his home welcomed his own death with open arms, when in actuality it was not Charlies choice at
Imagery is a literary device that uses descriptive wording to put a vivid image of a scenario in your mind. Dickens uses imagery to describe the scenery and the change in Scrooge’s physical appearance throughout the course of the story. “eezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self- contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.
The skies are grey, it’s freezing, and everything is covered by ash, this is reality now. Cormac McCarthy, playwright, screenwriter and the author of The Road, gives us a glimpse of the struggle of living in a catastrophe world. The story of The Road, is about the hardship between a father and son living in an apocalyptic wasteland. Throughout the story we see how differently the father and son act in the situation they encounter. In the beginning of the novel, the father reveals himself as a strict and protective parent.
The Dust Bowl was caused by a variety of unfortunate circumstances at the worst time. The dust bowl refers the 1930’s when during the Great Depression, powerful winds ripped off the top soil (the soil that is best used for farming) and killed many crops. The farmers that were hit the hardest were the ones in the southern great plains. This region was soon known as the Dust Bowl. In the off season, farmers would plant grass to keep the topsoil from being taken with the wind.
I can give you an example of why I believe this to be true is, “The smell was one of Rot, some musty rot that made him think only of grave with cobwebs and dust and old death” (Passage C). What I’m saying about this passage is that Brian is realizing and experiencing what is going and happening to him with all the smell, hunger, pain, and sadness. Brian is still in the rising there is still no food or water so it’s still in the rising. For example, “I can’t take this way, alone with no fire and in the dark, and next time it might be something worse, maybe a bear, and it wouldn’t be just quills in the leg, it would be worse” (Passage C). In this passage I feel like Brian is scared and sad all at once.
However, Gatsby’s dream of being with Daisy died with him. At his funeral there is but a few people there, disgracing his name and reputation. All that he had worked for was gone but someone expresses at the funeral, “Blessed are the dead that the rain falls on” (Fitzgerald 174-175). The rain created a somber situation and in combination with the statement, Fitzgerald is commenting on the fact that Gatsby’s death is being recognized by the rain. The reader realizes that while no one attended the funeral, Gatsby still is associated with important events, such as the rain.
Yet reducing all of the bloodied garb, such as the bear, to mere smoke, which is quick to vanish, iterates the fragility of life. A fragility in which lies so much love, uniqueness, and potential, but manages to dissipate as smoke. Altogether the shift in atmosphere, loss of trust, and disappearance of potential combine to make a hard-hitting seventh death in the community of Holcomb,
A drought forming across all farm lands due to failure of successful crop rotation cause dust to form. The dust was then picked up by the wind and rolled across America’s home front. These giant waves of dust were referred to as “black blizzards” or “black rollers”