Part B 05.10 A Familyu2019s Journey_ The Grapes of...

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Unformatted text preview: Human condition: intolerance of those who are different Creator: Janaisa Grubbs Summary Time The grapes of Wrath by John Steniback was written in Octoer 1938 during what is known as the Dust Bowl and the great depression that hit the American economy pretty badly. It was a time in which the the midleeastern and some west states went into a drought. Farmers became homeless and lost their land to the banks and were forced to move out west to find better living conditions. Women were in fear that the men where not going to find a way to support the family and people were paid $ 0.25 as minimum wage to pick cotton, peachers, etc. There was a lot of industrialization and capitalism present during this time on the smaller farmers not being able to farm on their own property so they had to work for other farmers. Quote : 1 “The● last clear definite function of man—muscles aching to work, minds aching to create beyond the single need—this is man. To build a wall, to build a house, a dam, and in the wall and house and dam to put something of Manself, and to Manself take back something of the wall, the house the dam; to take hard muscles from the lifting, to take the clear lines and form from conceiving. For man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.” Chap 14. "Deputies push you aroun'?" "I was scairt I'd kill somebody," said Tom. "Was on'y there a little while, but I was a-stewin' aroun' the whole time. Depity come in an' picked up a frien', jus' because he talked outa turn. I was jus' stewin' all the time." "Ever been in a strike?" Willie asked. “ "No." "Well, I been a-thinkin' a lot. Why don' them depities get in here an' raise hell like ever' place else? Think that little guy in the office is a-stoppin' 'em? No, sir." "Well, what is?" Jule asked. "I'll tell ya. It's 'cause we're a-workin' together. Depity can't pick on one fella in this camp. He's pickin' on the whole darn camp. An' he don't dare. All we got to do is give a yell an' they's two hunderd men out. Fella organizin' for the union was a-talkin' out on the road. He says we could do that any place. Jus' stick together. They ain't raisin' hell with no two hunderd men. They're pickin' on one man." "Yeah," said Jule, "an' suppose you got a union? You got to have leaders. They'll us' pick up your leaders, an' where's your union?" (Chapter 26) Quote : 2 Quote : 3 “I got thinkin’ how we was holy when we was one thing, an’ mankin’ was holy when it was one thing. An’ it on’y got unholy when one mis’able little fella got the bit in his teeth an’ run off his own way, kickin’ an’ draggin’ an’ fightin’. Fella like that bust the holi-ness. But when they’re all workin’ together, not one fella for another fella, but one fella kind of harnessed to the whole shebang—that’s right, that’s holy. Quote 4 “ “We’re Joads. We don’t look up to nobody. Grampa’s grampa, he fit in the Revolution. We was farm people till the debt. And then—them people. They done somepin to us. Ever’ time they come seemed like they was a-whippin’ me—all of us. An’ in Needles, that police. He done somepin to me, made me feel mean. Made me feel ashamed. An’ now I ain’t ashamed. These folks is our folks—is our folks. An’ that manager, he come an’ set an’ drank coffee, an’ he says, ‘Mrs. Joad’ this, an’ ‘Mrs. Joad’ that—an’ ‘How you getting’ on, Mrs. Joad?’” She stopped and sighed. “Why, I feel like people again.” “ Quote : 5 “ THE OWNERS OF THE land came onto the land, or more often a spokesman for the owners came. They came in closed cars, and they felt the dry earth with their fingers, and sometimes they drove big earth augers into the ground for soil tests. The tenants, from their sun-beaten dooryards, watched uneasily when the closed cars drove along the fields. And at last the owner men drove into the dooryards and sat in their cars to talk out of the windows. The tenant men stood beside the cars for a while, and then squatted on their hams and found sticks with which to mark the dust.” ( Chapter 5 ) ...
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