Essay history I got ....
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Essay "The Grapes of Wrath" ~ history
During the Great Depression, though everyone was affected people were not affected quite like the farmers in the mid-west (Oklahoma). There were four main causes of the Depression. The first one was the Stock Market Crash of 1929, everyone took all their money out of the banks because they didn't trust the banks. Then, the availability of easy credit and the unequal distribution of income ruined the banks because people borrowed money but coudn't pay it back. Finally, the crisis in agriculture, the Dust Bowl and the crop prices dropping led to the Great Depression. The farmers couldn't pay their loans so they had to leave, like the Joads family in the Grapes of Wrath.
The Joads family can't pay the government, like many other farmers. They must leave to California through the Route 66. The journey was long and hard, many farmers died along the road as Grand pa' and Grand ma' Joad and Rose of Sharon's baby was stillborn. Ma Joad led the family through the bereavement. By 1940, 2.5 million people had moved out of the Plains states; of those, 200,000 moved to California. Trough the hot weather, the lack of water and food, the lack of space in the Hoovervilles and the poverty, the promise to find work in California helped the Okies to continue their trip. Moreover they had car troubles, they had to pull the truc. In the movie, the family found two differente places : the first one was a miserable camp, they did not treat respectfully so they left the camp quickly and the second place named “Farm Workers Wheat Patch Camp” was more nice, more respectfully but soon they discovered that the owner had betrayed them and they had to leave again. They didn't find any place to live in, at the end they still on the way to Fresno.
Throughout the movie, the police and the rich people in general abused the farmers‘ civil liberties. They didn't respect the farmers at all while they were citizen like them. The rich people did not pay the farmers enough and they gave them terrible life and working conditions. Joads family had to live in a tiny wooden hut, without tap water, with a miserable pay and a huge family. They treated them as slaves and they even beat and hit Tom Joad. Jim Casy, a friend of Tom, is attacked by the police and they killed him. Californian citizen were racist againt the Okies. They didn't want them on their land. They were the “vilains” people.
The whole story is between hope and misery. They got a paper to find work in California but there wasn’t enough work for them; Rose had a baby but he died or they found a place but they had to leave. The “heroes“ were the farmers, because they work hard, they have to live in the misery but they always kept going. Some nice guys help the poor farmers but they were not a lot. We can considere the whole poor population during the Great Depression as heroes.
At the end, the Joads don't find hapiness and peace. They keep going on their way to Fresno, to survive and to try to find works and money. John Steinbeck show us the difference between rich and poor, the difficulty to live duirng this period so hard and the civil liberties totally forgotten.The rich people have the power and the poor cannot do anything. This is the trip of many farmers.
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