One theme that I have been noticing throughout the readings is disunity between people. People are constantly being cruel, distrustful, unhappy etc with each other. Times like the great depression when everyone is in need and helpless, people should be coming together to find solutions, to support and to meet each other's needs. But, in the book, people are seperating from each other and constantly complaining. They are just thinkng about themselves. They are unwilling to help each other out. People are selfish which leads to one looking down upon the other or trying to take anything that the other person has.
I think that this theme is still alive today, as the times get rough, people start to get rough with each other and become selfish. Although, I think that even when we are doing just fine, we tend to just not be satisfied with what we have and try to strive to get more and more for ourselves. Our selfish actions only leads to unrelational and cruel world and that is exactly what I see in the book. The farmers are looked down upon by those who have money but are still not happy. They are being cruel to the poor and only looking for self gain and have no desire to help those in need.