Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Grapes of Wrath

The chapter I thought most important was 13. It expands on how hard the times were for more then just the farmers. At a gas station Al gets into an altercation with the attendant. The attendant assumes they don't have the money, this is because most of the visitors he has are people begging trying to make it out west. He goes on to explain how the customers with money go to the fancier gas stations. This shows not only farmers have run into trouble. Nobody had money to spend in the depression, this led to the down fall of many other markets. Their dog gets hit at the gas station adding more disgust to the family then soon after their Grandpa passes as well. They didn't have the money for a funeral so they did a small illegal burial. This shows the tragedy of the depression in a more physical way. Compounded with a lack of money, the death of their loved one only makes it harder. The author seems to keep kicking the characters down in this chapter.

1 comment:

  1. You did a great job pointing out that even in the midst of the Depression, not having money was not the only problem people faced. I never really thought about the fact that life still happened, people still dealt with death and other despairs on top of the financial woes!