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Orellana 1Sarai OrellanaProfessor Paul RauchEnglish 1013 December 2019A Sad, Sad LifeThis novel was written during the great depression, meaning that the main plot of the story takes place during the 1920s. Though the themes of the great depression are visible in the family struggles and tribulations, the 1920s actually represents the time era more realistically than the novel The Great Gatsby. Written by F Scott Fitzgerald, which mainly shows the life of the stereotypical flappers of the time. Within the book The Great Gatsby, the setting of the book captures the fun intake of what took place in Harlem during the Great Depression era. It was filled with wild parties, car chases, and love scandal. The author then states, “The Great Depression is often remembered in the American imagination as ‘hard times’ when suffering and struggle brought out the best in people”(pg 7). By exploring the life of the working class, the book shows us a realistic standpoint on just how inhumane living conditions were. We catch a glimpse of Americans who dealt with Intolerable living conditions; supporting a family with little to no pay, and after gruesome hours working in a factory or field. There was filthy standardsin which the American working class had to miraculously endure. The characters in this novel are, Mazie Holbrook who is a six-year-old girl and is also the oldest out of all the children, she lives with her family in a coal mining town in Wyoming. Another character is an abused mother named Anna. Another character with little to no help from a low income, lower Orellana 2
class is the working husband, Jim Holbrook who of course is a miner like most men in Wyoming.These characters, Will and Ben Holbrook are Mazie's younger brothers along with Jimmie and Bess who are in fact the youngest son and daughter in the family.Life is extremely hard there forthe families of the miners, mainly because the miners job is so dangerous that sometimes they die working in the dangerous mines. The children’s parents struggle with supporting their two kids. The children watching their two parents struggle makes them realize, it is only justifiable that the era they live in is partially the cause of such financial strain on America. They woke up everyday to the sound of the mines, in time this was causing them to be frightened of what the mines could possibly do to their father since being poor involved working in harsh conditions.

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