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The Decade Riding On A Turtle

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Animals and objects often function as a stand in for human kind, especially in literature. Authors’ repeatedly use them to draw reference and explain different characteristics, emotion, and situations of inhumanity. In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck used the turtle to illiterate the journey of a lot of people during the 1930’s to 1940’s. During the period the dust bowl, a series of relentless wind storms and drought, was caused by improper methods of farming that would help prevent erosion. Families were compelled to leave their farms to find work because of the drought and dust storms had left many homeless. Many people experienced the pain of their mortgages foreclosed by banks. Families ...view middle of the document...

There were multitudes of farmers in the parries and high planes that had the choice to relocate themselves and their families or die of starvation. It was reveled in another section, that the turtle transported a seed underneath his shell. “The wild oat fell out, and three of its spearhead stuck in the ground.” The turtle bringing new life to its new destination was parallel to the way the migrant men along with their pregnant wives would raise their budding families in an unfamiliar place to get a fresh start. The turtle illustrates making a new beginning with an old foundation.
The article in the Popular Mechanics Magazine “Are you a Turtle Driver” the anonymous author highlights the turtle to explain the “worst” driver, the turtle driver. In the article the author negatively refers to the some characteristics the turtle to help the readers grasp the mental picture of the “turtle drivers” that they would encounter on roads and highways. The turtle was known for its head being incased in its hard shell, the drivers of the automobile was thought to be oblivious to the other vehicles suggesting that they were not concerned for the safety of those around. Unlike in The Grapes of Wrath the turtle in the article was chastised for its strong willed nature. In the article the author said the turtle driver is “…the chap who whizzes past you…and then brawls you out when you clip him…” The “turtle driver” is said to be the worst...

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