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Power in Numbers

In Grapes of Wrath-2, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Vinay Menda1 Comment

The great Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “There is power in numbers and there is power in unity.” This quote held true during the civil rights movement in the 1960’s in American and even more so in recent times with the Arab spring. In 2011 over 250,000 Egyptians stood in Tahrir Square protesting against the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. …

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Moving forward

In Grapes of Wrath-2 by RichardLeave a Comment

One of the interesting things about the end of the book, in contrast to the beginning, is how the women view the men breaking, and how that would come about. In the beginning, the lack of basic needs, from food to work, are deemed cause for the men to break. Yet at the end, the women believe the savior from …

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Family

In Grapes of Wrath-2, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Freddy Leiva1 Comment

I really enjoyed the theme of community and unity that is pervasive throughout the book. Steinbeck’s characters are all at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid. They are powerless and unfortunately have very little control over the outcome of their lives. Although these people are financially weak, between pages 432 and 437, Steinbeck establishes an interesting contrast between the upper …

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Feral

In Grapes of Wrath-2, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Karishma Sonde2 Comments

The thing that struck me most about this part of The Grapes of Wrath was the how tightly woven the Depression struck communities were. Weedpatch was especially striking in that it was such a different world than the previous camp they were in. Weedpatch was almost idyllic—not only did the Joad family get treated with the respect and dignity that …

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The Strange Life of — ?

In Grapes of Wrath-2, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by cLeave a Comment

“As with scripture, The Grapes of Wrath is a narrative and complex of meaningful images so enormous that it requires ‘somebody who knows’ (Percy Lubbock, qtd. in Lisca, “Fiction” 300), a narrator who understands and is in sympathy with the growing spiritual maturity of the characters he describes” (Ken Eckhart, “The Exodus Inverted: A New Look at The Grapes of Wrath, …

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Disrupting American Ideals of the Family Unit

In Grapes of Wrath-2, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Francesca1 Comment

An interesting idea I believe Steinbeck plays with and portrays through The Grapes of Wrath is the disruption of what is believed to be the standard family unit–the normalized conception of family in twentieth century America. In “We’re on a Road in Nowhere,” Arthur G. Neal observes that “[t]he economic hardships of the Great Depression fell disproportionately upon the family unit.” During the …

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Cults of Desperation

In Grapes of Wrath-2, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Nancee1 Comment

The second half of The Grapes of Wrath really struck me with the stable sense of community throughout it. As the Joads make their way through a few different camps, I felt the strongest presence of others than in anything we have read so far. In writers like Kromer, Agee, and Anderson, I felt slightly more disconnected from the characters …

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The Big Soul

In Grapes of Wrath-2, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Greta1 Comment

With nothing else working in their favor, the Joads and other migrants are propelled by the support of their peers and hope. They can’t rely on the land or on the corrupt system of work, so throughout the book suffering migrants help each other at the Hoovervilles. When Tom leaves his family and has been thinking a lot about Casy …

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Finding a New Lifestyle

In Grapes of Wrath-2, The Travel Habit Fall 2014 by Wendy1 Comment

In the second half of The Grapes of Wrath, it was interesting to read about the adopted lifestyles of the tenant farmers-turned-migrant families who were on the road. For instance, migrant people “looked always for pleasure” as a way to temporarily escape from their daily hardships (325). However, since they could not afford popular Depression-time activities such as movie-going, they …