The Great Depression was also present at the moment and had a big effect on the farmers. When drought began in the early 1930s, it worsened these poor economic conditions. The depression and drought-hit farmers on the Great Plains the hardest. The farmers could literally do nothing and needed help from the government but the government also didn't do much either. The government had the resources to help the migrant people but the government was also very mean about the situation. Selfish was how the government was acting and that did not help the migrant people at all. Instead, it broke the migrant people and a lot of sickness and death occurred because of this. The author's POV of this article was to explain the effect the Great Depression had on the migrant people. This relates back to The Grapes of Wrath because it shows how the farmers lived during this difficult time. Even though the novel focused more on the Dust Bowl dilemma, the Great Depression was also happening too. Eventually, over time things changed and worked for the better of the farmer and their families but a lot of lives were lost during this period of time in the 1930s.
Economically, the crops died for the farmers and eventually, the farmers lost their jobs. They lost money to provide for their families. Money was very tight back then. Also, the great depression was present too. Things were not looking good for the migrant people. The droughts, crop dying, no money, and no shelter was the result of this from an economic standpoint. The author's POV in this article was to explain what happened from an economic standpoint after the Dust Bowl occurred. This relates to the novel because it shows what the migrant people had to go through financially. In the novel, we see how Steinbeck uses a lot of historical information and makes a story out of it. Steinbeck tells the struggle of the migrant people in the novel and explains what they had to go through to get what they so desperately needed.
The title "The Grapes of Wrath" is a reference in itself. John Steinbeck is referring back to the book of Revelations in the Bible (Christianity). In the novel, Steinbeck talks about how bad the migrants are treated and how their anger builds towards the people that are treating them bad. So by all this wrongdoing, the migrant's wrath grow huge against the business owners, the government, polices, and whoever treats them wrong. The Book of Revelation from the Bible (Christianity) shares some of the same characteristics as The Grapes of Wrath. Revelation chapter 14 verse 1-20 explains how an angel is letting out a wrath to those who don't believe in Jesus. The Grapes of Wrath and the Book of Revelation both explains how someone can be holding one thing for so long and then after time goes by, the wrath will be released at some point. The word "wrath" is a very strong word that Steinbeck used to not only allude back to the bible but to help the reader understand more of where he is coming from.
The Dust Bowl was a drought and heat wave that destroyed crops in the midwest in the 1930s. The Dust Bowl was a natural disaster and caused a lot of damages such as damage to crops making it hard for the farmers, farmers when out of business, nowhere for farmers and families to stay other than camps or Hoovervilles, and etc. People have suffered a lot because of the Dust Bowl. Diseases, sickness, and death were all apart of the Dust Bowl and were very unfortunate for the people affected by the Dust Bowl. The author's POV was to explain the causes of the Dust Bowl and the effect it had on the people suffering from it. This relates to the novel by this article sharing the same hardships that the people endured in real life and what the characters in the novel like the Joad family went through because of the dust bowl. Steinbeck used real information and made a story based on true events from the 1930s Dust Bowl.
Recently in California, a drought of water was occurring. During this drought, people who were in California were devastated by this drought. People didn't have water to drink, to make food with, clean themselves, and other things as well. We all know that water is and if not one of the main sources we need to survive. Without water, life is nearly impossible to live. The author's POV is to let the reader know the effect of the lack of water it has had on the people of California. This relates to the novel by the migrants not having the resources they need to live the way they needed to live, which one resource was water. Often times the Joad family faced times when they didn't have water to clean themselves. In the novel, Steinbeck tells how the family lives on the road and they can't clean themselves because of the lack of water they had for them. They had enough to eat and to survive but Steinbeck explained in his novel that the Joad family didn't water to clean themselves so this making them very stinky and smelly.
Migrant workers today are much appreciated now then they use to be. Even though they are still faced with challenges today, migrant workers are very important in America today now than ever. The small things that we take for granted that the migrant workers do are greatly unappreciated and often faced with challenges. Migrant workers are very hard workers, especially in the agriculture field. One challenge that the migrant workers have faced recently was being sent back to their country and to build a wall ceasing migrants to come to America by the Donald Trump who is currently the President of the United States. The bill was not passed to send the migrant workers back and the wall was never built. Moving on from that, migrant workers were starting to get the recognition they deserve and are appreciated for even the little things they do. The author's POV is to explain the effect migrant workers have in America and how important they are to America. I chose this article because it relates to the novel by showing the same characteristics as the migrants had back then and what they have now. Characteristics like never giving up, working hard, and being treated bad are some things they have in common.
Socialism is a great big factor that lives in America. During the Dust Bowl, socialism played a big role in how people were treated. If you owned a business or you worked for the government, you were considered in a middle class. If you were unemployed at the time of the Dust Bowl or a migrant, you were in a low class and was often referred to as an Okie. The government was a high class and they gave orders. Socialism was very challenging to the low class because they had to fight through adversity to get through the hardships. The author's POV of this article was to elaborate the point of socialism and how it has affected America. This relates to the novel by relating to the treatment the Joad family takes and how it affects them throughout their journey to California and when they got to California. The harsh treatment they received was being arrested, getting beat, getting murdered, and other bad treatment. I believe that if they Joad family were rich and owned the land they would not go through the hardships and the cruel treatment that they faced. Not only the Joad family but other families described in the novel by Steinbeck and how they were treated because of their lack of money.
Hoovervilles were shanty towns that the migrant workers stayed in. After the Dust Bowl occurred, the farmers were faced with not only their crops dying but kicked out of their houses as well. Keep in mind that these farmers more than likely had families to look after and were responsible for not only growing and selling crops but also providing for the family. So after the farmer was forced to leave their houses, most set out to California for work and other places as well. On their way there, the migrants stayed in camps, government camps, or Hoovervilles. No these places were not the fanciest but they were just places to stay temporarily. Some places were better than others but in particular, Hoovervilles were not the best. Hoovervilles consists of old tents and were not stable enough for a family to live in. The author's POV was to explain the effect Hoovervilles had on the migrants during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. It relates to the novel by not only the Joad family staying in camps, but other migrants staying in camps as well.