The Grapes Of Wrath And Howard 's Cinderella

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In a world that is coming apart, due significantly to the 1930’s Depression, family life deteriorates when jobs becomes lost as well as do those whose sense of worth is bound up in them. In both stories, the coping mechanism in males deprived by stress of job loss leads inevitably to a loss of dignity rendering them less able to function as heads of the family. It is at this juncture that women feel the threat to family life is endangered and instinctively cope with the situation, however they can. Lastly, hope, which was sustained, for a time, diminishes for both families, leading to the breaking apart of all that each envisioned. Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Howard’s Cinderella Man demonstrate how quickly a family can disintegrate …show more content…
James says that he promised his son that he would never leave him no matter what and leaves the house without saying a word. Before he leaves he puts the money that he made on the table. This is the first sign of the Braddock family drifting away from each other. This strongly highlights the start of the separation of the family. Furthermore, he would sometimes drink to relieve stress and get rid of the obstacles that they have to face. The protagonist in The Grapes of Wrath, Pa Joad faces a similar stress because of job loss, becoming weaker in the position of a father and a husband in the family. Generally, the role of men in families is defined typically by work which supports the family. In the 1930’s when the Dust Bowl hit Oklahoma, the fields were struck by drought which brought hardship for the Joads. “Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often” (Steinbeck 3). Pa Joad, an elderly gentleman who has been driven from his farm fails to lead the family as its head. He was a worried man who early on planed to migrate to California, “scuttling for work, scrabbling to live, looked always for pleasure, dug for pleasure, manufactured pleasure.…”(325). However, as soon as they arrive in California he complains about his wandering thoughts and finds himself in the middle of nowhere. Pa’s effort begins to worsen as the story progresses;
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