Grapes Of Wrath And What I Expected Essay

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As humans, we are born into this world that leaves behind unknown concepts in its crevices. Through life, we learn through our mistakes and become accustomed with the way we live on this planet. In life, there is a good and a bad: a balance. Unfortunately, sometimes the negative outweighs the positive, or life throws a curveball at us. Essentially, you aren’t necessarily going to live a life without hardships and struggle. However, even though life is unexpected and hard at times, in the end things will get better. In Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck and What I Expected by Stephen Spender, both authors prove the point that as you go through life and unexpected actions come in your way, you should always have a small sense of hope.
In Grapes Of Wrath, Steinbeck shows us that by helping others in a hard time you can start a chain reaction of hope. The Dust Bowl was an unexpected event that could only be restored through time. This theme was evident in the last scene of the book with Rose of Sharon. Even with the tragic death of her newborn child, she continues to aid someone in need. She mentally leaves her body and completes a gesture to give the young boy hope that his father will survive. When the Joads met the Wilsons, they aided each other for a while, giving each other a sense of relief and hope. The deal they made together definitely helped them mentally and physically. When the Joads heard about how California essentially was like, they never forgot about the anger or wrath, they felt while a “monster” destroyed their land. The wages continued to get lower and lower a predominant idea they had not expected until in California. The migrants expected there to be a plethora of jobs that were able to support their family. Little did they know, the slow gradual days were full of anger and sadness. However, just like the turtle they continued to push forward...

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