Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Personal Philosophies

    I believe that even when faced with a challenge anyone no matter how powerful, strong, or skilled they are will be able to surpass and even over-exceed their own expectations as long as they try and don't give up. now comes what i think of every one, and you may see this as arrogant but you wont if you really understand what i am saying, but EVERYONE absolutely everyone is an idiot. it doesnt matter who they are or how smart they are because everyone is an idiot. not reaching their full potential because in reality the term "smart" is only relative. sure every one can be smart when compared with something dumb like a stick but there is no "one" person that is smarter than every one else.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

(D) Chapter 5 Cars

 the car industry in the 1930's took a very large large hit dropping their annual production of cars by more than half. not only were the industries not producing cars as rapidly but people were also driving their cars much less. the car here (right) is a 1930s Plymouth convertible. Plymouth sold their new cars at a very competitive price which helped them fight through the depression. 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

(D) Family / Unity

the Joad family had started out at the beginning of their journey all connected and happy that they would be able to stay together, but as the Joads get on with their trip towards California they soon become disconnected. the biggest turning point in their trip was the death of their granma. "'Granma's dead'" (228). granma's death cam after the death of granpa and the Joad's dog's death but it also spelled the separation of Noah, Connie, Casy, and Tom.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

(D) Identify a Quote

"The last clear definite function of man—muscles aching to work, minds aching to create beyond the single need—this is man" (150).
this quote from The Grapes of Wrath shows the connectivity of the people. even with the men and women working with their "muscles" and "minds" they are working to fulfill their "single need". this one need could be their need for food, water or even their need to be together with the rest of the family. the last need connects a lot to transcendentalism because even as each individual person works to claim their share of the booty it also allows them to continue on for the other times that they work for the common goal.

Friday, March 7, 2014

(F) Theme

"Used to howl out the name of Jesus to glory" (20) - Casy.
"i'm scared of stuff so nice. I ain't got faith. I'm scared somepin ain't so nice about it" (91) - Joad.

people like Jim Casy start out with a large amount of their faith put into their god but as The Grapes of Wrath goes on people like Joad start to lose faith because things seem too bad; as if their lord had lost them amid all the other people that are calling for his help.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

(E) Personification

"The vertical exhaust pipe muttered softly" (5).
"The motor roared up for  moment" (8).
"The truck tires sang on the road" (9)
these quotes from the book The Grapes Of Wrath each personify the truck. Steinbeck does this to show how in this journey for the Joad family the car that they drive will just as important if not more important than each individual person. at least for the actually portion of the trip that involves driving. but right up to the very end of the book the Joads use their car for many different purposes. but even when this car is maybe their most valuable resource they do not have the ability nor the money to properly take care of it, which could foreshadow even more misfortune in the future.