The east is a vast collection of farmland filled with few growing crops and a whole lotta dust. The farmers are making little money and are forced off of their land by the bank. Tom Joad walks down the street and gets a ride down the road by a trucker. After walking toward his house, he meets Casy, a former preacher who is sitting under a tree. They begin to talk and Tom explains that he was in prison for killing a person that pulled a knife on him. They walk together to Tom’s house but finds that it is deserted. A friend Muley Graves tells them that the Joads moved to Uncle John’s house and are planning to move west to California.
The next morning they go to Uncle John’s house. There Tom meets his family again who are relieved since they were planning to leave the next day without Tom. Tom’s relatives are Granpa and Granma, Tom’s Grandparents, Ma and Pa (also named Tom Joad), Tom’s parents, Noah, Rose of Sharon, Al, Ruthie and Winfield, Tom’s brother’s and sisters, Connie, Rose of Sharon’s husband, and Casy. The next morning when they are about to leave, Granpa refuses to go. The family has to get him drunk in order to force him to go. On the road, the Joad’s meet the Wilson’s stranded on the highway with a broken car.
Al and Tom fix their car. Granpa dies and the Wilson’s help bury him. The two families decide that it would be easier if they travelled together so they set off. On the road, they stop at several camps and finds out through some people that there is no work in California. Still, they push on. In Arizona, they stop by a river and wash up.
The Essay on Rose Of Sharon Tom Joads Joad
Released from an Oklahoma state prison after serving four years of a manslaughter conviction, Tom Joad makes his way back to his family's farm amid the desolation of the Dust Bowl. He meets Jim Casy, a former preacher who gave up his calling out of a belief that all life is holy, and that simply being among the people as an equal is a sacred endeavor. Jim accompanies Tom to his home; when they ...
There, they are hassled by a policeman. Noah decides to stay at the river and no one can change his mind. Mrs. Wilson became sick so they decided to stay at the river while the Joad’s go on. Crossing California, Granma dies and the family has to bury her a pauper since they are out of money. In California, they stop at a camp filled with other migrants. There they meet Floyd Knowles to explains to them that there is no work and the wages are down.
He says that the police will arrest anyone they don’t like. Connie and Rose talk about their future. Later, Connie leaves the tent and never comes back leaving his pregnant wife. During the evening, an employer comes to the camp promising work. Floyd, however, knows the system and that the employer is trying to get a lot of workers so he can lower the wages. The employer came prepared with a cop who tries to arrest Floyd but Floyd punches him and runs.
As the cop runs after Floyd, Tom trips him and the cop shoot toward Floyd’s direction hitting a bystander and shooting off her fingers. Casy them comes along and kicks the cop in the neck knocking him out. Everyone runs except Casy who turns himself in as the troublemaker. The cop threatens that he will burn down the camp at night. The Joad’s leave that night traveling south to a government camp that they heard about. Luckily, when they reach there, there is only one spot left.
In the morning, Tom leaves with two people he met at the camp and gets a job digging ditches for pipes. Their employer warns them that some people are going to cause trouble in the camp at the dance on Saturday in attempt to break up the camp. The residents at the camp were ready for them and the attempt was unsuccessful in breaking up the camp. Work runs out by the government camp so the Joad’s have to move on looking for work. They find a peach orchard that needs harvesting so they go to work there. Tom in the night, sneaks out of the orchard and finds Casy who is with some other people on strike to raise wages. Some people come by to break up the strike calling the strikers reds (people who want higher pay).
One person hits Casy alongside the head crushing him skull and killing him. Tom gets furious and kills the person that killed Casy but in the struggle, he too gets hit and is bruised and bleeding. Eventually he evades his persuers and makes it back to the camp. The Joad’s decide that it’s too dangerous for Tom since he killed another person so they decide to leave the orchard and find another place to work while Tom is in hiding until his face heals. They reach a cotton field that needs picking so they begin working their while living in a boxcar shared with the Wainwright’s. Al falls in love with Agnes Wainwright and announces that they are going to get married. They work there at that cotton field and at another one when it begin to rain. It rains for several days and floods the valley.
Japanese American Internment Camps Children Families
What was the Japanese American internment? o In 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, a U. S. military base. "Many Americans already disliked the Japanese as a result of racism when the Japanese were being used for cheap labor." 1 o As a result "120, 000 Japanese men, women, and children were sent to detention camps." 1 They were forced away from their homes, schools, and businesses under the pretense ...
Some men try to divert the water by building a dyke but it breaks when a fallen tree crashes through it. Meanwhile, Rose of Sharon goes into labor but gives birth to a dead baby. The water keeps rising into the boxcar So the Joad’s and the Wainwright’s build a platform in the boxcar above the water to keep from getting wet. After the rain stop, some of the Joad’s look for higher ground and the wade through chest deep water toward a barn where they meet a boy and his starving father. The boy explains that the man gave up his food to keep the boy healthy. Now, the man can’t digest even bread.
Rose of Sharon decides to feed her breast milk to the man. The plot was good and did move along smoothly, out of the actions of the characters. There was enough conflict to keep me interested. However, there were certain things that just didn’t make sense. For example, Rose’s miscarriage. The Jehovite at the government camp told Rose that sin will cause the baby to “drop dead.” Rose believed her, even though it made no sense scientifically. It was just an superstition and an old wives’ tale. Later, Rose’s baby “drops dead.” This just didn’t make sense.
It is true that Rose didn’t get the proper nutrients when she was pregnant, but Steinbeck didn’t talk about that. He only focused on the superstition, as if the baby died as a result of the family’s sin. Steinbeck seemed to condone superstition here. More than that, it was totally unexpected. The book was nearing the end and it was at its climax. As a good book should end, the victims triumph over their sufferings. That would mean the Joad’s survive the storm, with a healthy baby.
The Review on Of Mice And Men Film And Book Contrast
Of Mice and Men Film and Book Contrast In my essay I will explore similarities and differences of the novel Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck and the movie Of Mice and Men directed by Gary Sinise. In particular, I will examine the way Gary Sinise and John Steinbeck saw the tragedy and the relationships between George and Lennie, pointing out the differences of the accents set in the film ...
That’s what I expected. The ending was horrible. That did not make any sense at all. Rose feeds the old man, great! What happened to Tom? What happened to Connie? What happened to the family after the rain? Did they strike it rich in California or did they live as bums the rest of their lives? The first two questions I think should have been answered, the last two don’t matter as much. I had other questions that didn’t regard the Joad’s. What happened to Floyd and his family? Did the strike work? The setting is very real. Like with East of Eden, Steinbeck lived in this area.
The area is important in this novel. It is what caused the trouble for the Joad’s. Much of the events in the book depended on the setting. The theme of this book was the struggle of man to push ahead against all odds. The Joad family moved west looking for a better life and found out that it wasn’t. They decided to work hard and buy a house and raise themselves from their position of poverty. This is the struggle of all men: to do better.
I really enjoyed this book. It instilled in me a desire to push forward against my oppressors. The weak and the poor have their own strength of goodness and truth which will overpower the power of the rich which comes from greed.