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What the Wrath..?

September 9, 2013
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Wrath – definition: strong, stern, or fierce anger

A word that epitomizes  the struggle or fight against injustice in numerous movies and novels. The modern fantasy genre uses it in generous helpings. The Wrath of Khan and Wrath of the Titans come to mind almost immediately after the great novel, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Although written in 1939 it is still read in educational institutions due to its historical context and enduring legacy.

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The story is set in the Great Depression (is that an oxymoron?) and follows the Joads family, who leave their farm in Oklahoma for California. Driven from the Dust Bowl by drought, economic hardship and changes in the agriculture industry.

Steinbeck was honored with the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for novels and Grapes was prominently cited when he won the Nobel Prize. He was a prolific writer and his bibliography includes 29 novels, some of which were published after his death in 1968.

As authors we endeavor to create such long lasting stories.

Who is your literary hero? Have you read The Grapes of Wrath?

JOHN STEINBECK

A Rip-Roaring Time..?

August 6, 2013
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Rip-roaring – definition: boisterously wild and exciting

The first thing that came to my mind was the twenties, with the outrageous indulgences of the wealthy. The strangest thing, was the fashion of wearing dresses with no shape to them but masses of long necklaces and fringes. It was as though every female became androgynous with their shape and relied on adornments to feminize themselves.

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The most identifiable movie for this period is, of course, The Great Gatsby. I have watched the original but as yet not the newer version. When we compare the two main characters, there is a resemblance between each movie. Have you seen the newer version – what were your thoughts?

The Great Gatsby

Leonardo di Caprio and Carey Mullligan in a still from The Great Gatsby

In reality the 1920’s were a time of change in America. “The Roaring Twenties”  impacted the economy, social standards and everyday life. Industry production of consumer goods was up 60% thus affecting American families, with higher wages and shorter working hours. However, the down side was adversity and opposition against immigrants and farmers. Immigrants were not treated fairly by Americans, depending on where they came from and what they believed, making finding employment difficult. Because the price of food kept reducing, farmers were paid very little. Added to that was the worry of the Dust Bowl, making a two tier system.

When researching periods for our projects these type of details are vital, enabling us to reflect the time period correctly.

Have you written about a particular period?

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