Trying Times Essay

775 words - 3 pages

Stressful TimesOn October 29, 1929 millions of Americans saw their life savings dwindle to nothing when the stock market crashed (Great Depression. Austin. 469). In the early stages of The Depression people were told to remain optimistic, but few did, and a national panic began as people scrambled to sell their stocks for fractions of what they paid. The so-called unbreakable system had crashed leaving people jobless, penniless, and above all hopeless. Merely days after Tuesday the 29th many Americans found themselves in enormous debt and without anyone to turn to or anywhere to go (469). As the effects of the Great Depression became more obvious everywhere, Americans were faced with some of the toughest decisions of their lives. John Steinbeck portrays the mental and physical stress the human body can experience when one looses everything. Steinbeck aptly illustrates this national economic crisis through the eyes of typical Americans in the The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.In the story The Grapes of Wrath the Joad family discovers the trying sacrifices they must make in order to survive and move forward as a family. This challenge is a struggle for each family member. At the beginning of the story the family is forced off of their land in Oklahoma. This is a great struggle for the Joad family, who must leave behind the land passed down to them by their ancestors. In a final attempt to reclaim their economic prosperity, the Joad family packs up their necessary belongings and heads for Oklahoma where it is is rumored that jobs are abundant (Steinbeck. The Grapes. 64). Steinbeck portrays the emotions of the Joad family through the characters' actions, and by not telling the reader how the character actually feels. Ma is the best example in showing her great courage and hope despite significant hardships the family is experiencing during their journey to California. She never shows any reluctance what-so-ever; her behavior is always positive (285). Many of the other family members react similarly, but no one else shows the constant state of hope like Ma.In John Steinbeck's of Mice and Men George Milton and Lennie Small share an uncommon relationship. For the unlikely duo, George and Lennie, challenges are a daily part of life...

Find Another Essay On Trying Times

How did literature change throughout Europe between the Medieval Times to the Renaissance Period and What contributed to that change?

672 words - 3 pages the medieval times to the Renaissance period. Each one of these are important to prove or explain in more details because then you’ll understand what I’m trying to prove. I know there were more things that had happened throughout Europe during the medieval and Renaissance period, but the points that I’m going to prove are the main points of the difference or the change in each time period. Some people would have just picked one specific country

Review of "Modern Times" by Charlie Chaplin (+ cited work)

733 words - 3 pages Trinity RheinEssay #1Modern TimesPeople have been trying to attach social significance to Chaplin's work "Modern Times." Chaplin says that he has no intention to do such things, he just wants to entertain. The movie, "Modern Time," is about living in the great depression and seems to represent the attitudes of the time. It seems the movie shows that Chaplin has some views and feelings on the great depression but overall it seems to entertain

The Film Industry During the Great Depression

1020 words - 5 pages common. This paper will compare Modern Times and The Public Enemy. Modern Times, it was produced in1936 it was written, directed and staring Charlie Chaplin. This film was about the Little Tramp trying the get thought the modern times. The film starts in a factory where Little Tramp works. He works on a assembly line till he has a nervous breakdown and runs amok though the factory until he is arrested and sent to jail. While he is in jail, the

Lenovo regard Apple as the biggest competitor

771 words - 4 pages April 10, 2013, Nongfu spring sticked into hot water after Beijing times published a article which claimed that Nongfu spring had quality problems. The title of the article which published by the Beijing times is “Nongfu spring’s quality is lower than the running water”. After this paper came out, Nongfu spring’s official weibo replied that their quality standards are higher than any standards in China. But the whole issue was not that simple

Parking Chaos

1215 words - 5 pages Have you ever been so annoyed when trying to find a parking spot that you start cursing and doing things you would not normally do? Trying to find a vacant parking space at the Riverside Community College can often do that. Although my drive to school takes only twenty minutes, I leave my house at 9am to be at my 10:30 class. At about 9:30 I pull into the parking lot only to find hundreds of other students trying to hurry up and park their

I Want to Be

627 words - 3 pages I Want to Be Miss America, by Julia Alvarez, addresses the problem of trying to fit in. In the story Alvarez struggles to be an American. Her Hispanic culture becomes a problem with being part of the American society. Alvarez and her sisters try to make themselves fit it into the American society, instead of celebrating the differences of their culture and being proud of who they are.In the beginning of the story the author starts off by saying

Trials and tribulations

721 words - 3 pages to die or hibernate until spring comes around again. Line eight, the last line in this stanza asks who would think love is still beautiful and wonderful in these difficult “winter” times. The final stanza gets to the heart of the point that Bronte is trying to make. In line nine she is saying that during extremely difficult times people can come to “scorn” or ridicule the person they love but as the next line states they should surround

The Daily News vs. The New York Times

801 words - 3 pages York Times' article did not seem to be biased or trying to make the men look blameworthy. I also noticed that The Daily News did not include a picture when The New York Times did. Lastly the article written by The New York Times was longer and more in depth compared to the article written by The Daily News, which was short and brief.Both newspapers are broken down into different sections because they want to appeal to a diverse group of readers. Each one wants to attract all sorts of people, from students in high school to the typical businessman.

The Art of Persuasion

660 words - 3 pages Persuasion is used in many everyday things these being mostly advertisements. Persuasion is made up of many different parts. These different parts always try to dig deep into our DNA to find what we really want. The people of the world know what we want. So trying to persuade someone is practically talking to yourself. When people advertise to other humans all they have to do is ask themselves, “What do I like about this product?” Instantly

Depression In Bartleby

535 words - 2 pages Depression in Bartleby Depression is a disease. It takes over every aspect of your everyday life. You no longer have the ambition to do the things you used to do. Your social life diminishes, and you close yourself off from society. Many times a person who suffers from depression receives treatment. That person may reach out for help or someone may notice that he or she is suffering and reach out to him or her. However, there are times when a

Outside Speaker Evaluation

728 words - 3 pages . I also think that McDonnell had good transitions, but there where times when his transitions where a little blurred in his speech so it was hard to tell when he was talking about a new point. I wouldn’t say that there were arguments that the speaker was trying to make because it seemed like he was trying to talk to us about how to have a good business. I would say that he wasn’t trying to persuade us to believe in something, but rather inform us

Similar Essays

Amanda In The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

1171 words - 5 pages she does reminisce her past, we should conclude that she is desperate to return to youth. I would argue that everyone thinks back to the good times in their life, especially if they are having a hard time in their present, as certainly Amanda is doing. I do not agree, therefore, on this fact that she is desperately trying to relive her youth. Indeed, it seems to me that she is simply telling her children the only story she

What Is The Definition Of A Friend?

606 words - 2 pages : Exactly.Marcus: A friend must be able to help you in times of need, not for any gain and not out of obligation.Russell: But then he could be trying to harm you by building a false impression. What is that?Marcus: In that case the person is trying to harm you. Good friends will not harm each other.Russell:Marcus: A friend is someone who can help you in times of need, not for any gain, not out of any obligation nor with the intention of harming

Charlie Chaplin Modern Times Essay

659 words - 3 pages Modern Times Response I believe the movie Modern Times, written, directed, scored, and produced by Charlie Chaplin, was Chaplin's way to show, through comedy, the struggle between man and machine; and, people trying desperately to find intrinsic happiness during that depressive time. Mankind, as expressed by the movie, was at the mercy of the machines, the bosses, and the clocks in order to obtain the needs of food and shelter. The

My Life's Changes Essay

335 words - 2 pages own library... It should all be good. He will have his HUGE garage and I will have my quiet library. I think it will all be good. As I've packed for what seems like forever... I've realized that along with this move... I am experiencing many many changes all at the same time. WOW... I'm a little overwhelmed. I am strong and I am a survivor... I will handle all these changes as they come one by one. God does not give me more than he knows I can handle. Although life changes as we go by. It's true and it's hard at times. It kills but it heals too. I am just trying to expect the best of the future. I am trying to find the strength I need within myself.