|Men digging a ditch during the depression|
A theme that I see as important in the Grapes of Wrath is a willingness to work, and hard work. The people of the depression usually had absolutely nothing and they were always willing to work, it didn't matter at all what the job was or how much they got paid, they just wanted work so they could provide for their families and have enough to eat. You see this theme a lot in our readings, the Joad men are willing to do whatever they have to to provide for the family, and have enough money to continue their journey.
In chapter 22, Tom meets Timothy Wallace and his son Wilkie at the Weedpatch camp they are staying in and they become friends. The Wallace's offer to try and help Tom get a job laying pipe with them. Once they arrive at the job site, their boss comes out and doesn't seem to happy to see that they brought another man with them, and goes on to lower their pay because the Farmers' Association is lowering the wage and he has to also. While the men are not happy with the lower pay they are still willing to do the work because of how desperate they are.
|It doesn't matter what the job is,|
do it to the best of your ability.
Hard work and a work ethic makes my family what it is today. My great great grandfather started our family business, taught his son the values of hard work, who in turn taught his boys what it means to have a work ethic, they then taught my grandpa that nothing is going to be handed to him and he has to work hard, he taught my father who leads by example, to this day, in teaching me and my brothers. It is our backbone.