I have recently finished reading John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The
Pearl". These two and many other of Steinbeck's books have a couple of things in
common. The first thing is that they are all about poor people/families. The second thing
is that they are almost always terribly sad in the end. The third thing they share is that I
enjoy each one very much. I have never read a book by John Steinbeck that I did not like,
even though his books do not exactly cheer me up.
"The Pearl" is about a poor man named Kino, his wife Juana, and their baby boy
Coyotito. Kino is a pearl diver, but since there are so many other pearl divers where he
lives, he very ...view middle of the document...
The Joads were a farming family from Oklahoma before
they were kicked off their land by the bank. They were given a handbill by someone
telling them that there was work out in California, so they sold all of their possessions to
get enough money to buy an old, beat up, used car. Then, Tom, Pa, Ma, Ruthie, Winfield,
Grampa, Granma, Uncle John, Rose of Sharon, Al, the preacher Casy, Connie, Noah, and
all of the Joads remaining things were piled into the old Jalopy and off they went toward
California. While on the road they encountered many struggles and losses including the
death of Granma and Grampa and the breaking down of their car. There were many
nights when the Joads had nowhere near enough to eat. They made it through many tough
times and finally made it to California where they were sure they would find work and
things would be just fine. Of Course, since this is a Steinbeck novel, things were not just
fine. California was beautiful and there was plenty of work to be done, but there were
way too people already there. They were forced to be homeless and live in Hoopervilles,
struggling to even...