A Man's Humility in the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinkbeck
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A Man’s Humility In The Grapes of Wrath
The Dust Bowl was a time in the 1930’s were malpractice cultivation, made cultivated farmland turn to dust then winds blew dust to make a huge dust storm that happened all over the U.S and Canadian prairies, it forced many to families to leave their homes and find jobs elsewhere. John Steinbeck is known for his skillfulness when it comes to detailing a situation or surrounding, he is the author of The Grapes of Wrath. In this excerpt from The Grapes of Wrath a man needs to feed his family with only ten cents to buy a loaf of bread, tries to persuade Mae; a waitress in a diner. Humility in this excerpt is shown as something a honorable and responsible person has. The man’s humility affects Mae’s behavior by keeping her away from being too defensive and being rude towards the man. In the beginning of the excerpt the man stands outside of the diner standing with curios humility. When Steinbeck uses “curious humility” curious means strange in this phrase, which means it was humility that is rare to see which makes it strange. In the first part of the excerpt the man comes up to the diner and asks if he can buy a loaf of bread for ten cents. “The man took off his dark, stained hat and stood with a curious humility in front of the screen.
“Could you see your way to sell us a loaf of bread, ma’am?” Mae said, “This ain’t a grocery store. We got bread to make san’widges.” “I know, ma’am.” His humility was insistent. “We need bread and