Thursday, August 5, 2010

Afterthoughts on The Grapes of Wrath

I finished reading The Grapes of Wrath last month, and overall, i was pretty disappointed. I understand why we still read it, and the historical value it contains. That is not why i was disappointed. Overall, I thought that the Joads made some very bad mistakes when traveling to California. Besides the fact that they do not listen to the multiple people that tell the family that there is nothing in California, their motivation to keep going is hope that they will get lucky and find jobs for the whole family that no one else in California has found. So let me get this straight, the Joad family is going to leave their home, go to California, and simply hope to find jobs? Bold move Joad family. Bold move. Ok, so they get to California, and there are absolutely no jobs. Surprise there. Now the Joads do not know what to do. Luckily, after living in California for a while, they find a job picking peaches, but even when the whole family is working, they do not earn enough money to support their living. Over the next couple of days, the wages get lowered, so the family has to find a new job. Luckily, the family finds another job picking cotton. This job gives the family enough money to the point where they can continue their way of living. I just think at this point of the story it is ridiculous how lucky the family is that they found jobs to suit all of them. Anyway, the rest of the story is basically pointless. The family’s house gets destroyed and they have nowhere to go. That is honestly how the story ends. It is almost a completely pointless ending. Overall, I did not like the book The Grapes of Wrath. There is some useful historical value in the book when it comes to the dust bowl, but other than that, this book is not very enjoyable at all. I basically would not recommend this book to anyone, even if they are interested in the history with the depression and dust bowl.

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