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The Day the Pharaoh Became White

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by AmarLeave a Comment

In Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family is moving from Oklahoma to California. The fourteenth chapter marks an interesting transition between the death of Grandpa Joad and the start of Ma and Al’s story. It is a short, philosophical speech describing the great changes sweeping across America, and the great unnecessary panic it caused. Steinbeck is emphatic that mankind …

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Tom Foolery

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by AadiLeave a Comment

The home town that the people live in is essentially a bowl of dust. The Narrator leads vivid descriptions of the havoc that the dust bowl ensued. Sallisaw, Oklahoma is labeled as a harrowed ghost town, “The dawn came, but no day. In the gray sky a red sun appeared, a dim red circle that gave a little light, like …

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(extra) Transformations – Other Characters

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by EsabelleYCLeave a Comment

Another character very similar to Ma Joad is her daughter, Rose of Sharon. She went through an obvious transformation from a “hoyden” to a woman. (Sparknotes) In the early chapters she is very spirited and well welcoming, and yet as the journey progresses she becomes more and more secretive. The author for multiple times tries to depict her inexplicable smile. She …

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The Pain of Leaving Home

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by MelanieLeave a Comment

The Dust Bowl along with the Great Depression was an incredibly difficult time for millions of farmers across America. People whose livelihood and dignity was tied to the land they worked saw themselves torn from that land as conditions worsened and banks began pushing them out of their own homes. This is perhaps one of the most persistent themes throughout …

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Granma and Grampa

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by Kiril1 Comment

The deaths, in rapid succession, of Granma and Grampa Joad, would seem to be particularly heart-breaking—they are the first to leave the family (though others, such as Noah and Connie, later leave of their own volition) on their journey to California, and in many ways it is difficult to gauge the reactions of the family. There are no tears, and …

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Driving Desperation

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by Laura1 Comment

The first half of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck contains a series of deaths and horrible misfortunes as they travel considerable distances in an effort to find a safe haven. The interesting aspect of this is that despite all of this, the characters continue to trek on through the tragedies towards the West. It would seem as though …

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A Turtle’s Journey

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by Dennis1 Comment

John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath provide an unforgiving account of one family during the Great Depression. However, through Tom Joad and his family’s interactions with other people on the road, a bleak picture of America is painted. The less wealthy members of American society sprung at opportunities to find employment. However, in one scene where the Joads near California, a …

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The Deterioration of Humanity

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by VeronicaLeave a Comment

John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” follows the protagonist, Tom Joad, along with his family, in a journey to strive for a better life after the consequences of the Great Depression. Throughout the beginning half of of his novel, Steinbeck explores the deterioration of humanity through the endeavors that Tom, endures. In the beginning, Tom, who had just been released …

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In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by SnacksLeave a Comment

Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution is a good read that I think coincides nicely with John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. In the book, Wendy Brown states that Human capital’s constant and ubiquitous aim is to entrepreneurialize its endeavors, appreciate its value, and increase its rating or ranking. In this, it mirrors the mandate for contemporary firms, …

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Are the masses assembling?

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by Lu Maw2 Comments

In my opinion, Steinback’s writing style is extremely reflective of the long and mundane journey that most of America had to go through during the Depression era. The details are of uneventful people, desolate environments, and boring observations. For example, Steinback goes to length to describe the truck the driver was driving in chapter 2, from its “vertical exhaust pipe”, …

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In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by EsabelleYC1 Comment

The Grapes of Wrath is a realistic novel by John Steinbeck in 1939. It’s a Great Depression-era story focusing on the Joads, a poor farmers family driven away from their Oklahoma home by drought and economic crisis that leave the area with no job, setting out for California. En route they meet various other travelers and immigrants (“Okies”). And in …

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Roads and Information

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by Michael1 Comment

In John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the main characters look to the road for hope during a time of desperation. The family travels from Oklahoma, through Taxes and Arizona before finally arriving in Texas. While the plight of the family was certainly non negligible, the idea of a movement of labor was really interesting to me. Route 66 was …

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Money for Nothing

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by IanLeave a Comment

The Grapes of Wrath is a telling narrative that displays the stark distinctions between those the government paid to travel and those the government made travel. Although both portray an endless stubborn optimism of the down-trodden Steinbeck is able to explain in his narrative the truth about their optimism. It was a survival trait not a trust in the world …