[APG Public List] [TGF] Origin of a homemaker's habit

PD outtolaunch at gmail.com
Thu Sep 9 11:18:53 MDT 2010


    Indeed. Also, there could be a scene in the movie, whether or not taken
from the book. (I don't recall it in either case, but it has been a while
since I last read or viewed it.)


On Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 11:39 AM, Ray Beere Johnson II <raybeere at yahoo.com>wrote:

>     I'm familiar with The Grapes of Wrath, but, although I could be
> forgetting a detail, I don't recall any mention of the way cups or glasses
> were stored in the book. Even if there were such a scene, anyone who
> understands the techniques of fiction writing will recognise that it might
> not be significant. The fiction writer is concerned less with depicting
> reality accurately (compare dialogue in _any_ story with the real thing)
> than with selecting elements appropriate to the story _and symbolic
> elements_ which will reinforce the theme of that story.
>     Of course, if there is such a reference in The Grapes of Wrath, it
> might well have been the _source_ of the idea this practice originated in
> the Dust Bowl, whether or not that assertion is true.
>                           Ray Beere Johnson II
> --- On Thu, 9/9/10, Debbe Hagner <debbehagner at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > The Grapes of Wrath is a novel published in 1939 and written by John
> > Steinbeck, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel
> > Prize for Literature in 1962. Set during the Great Depression, the
> > novel focuses on a poor family of sharecroppers, the Joads, driven from
> > their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in the
> > agriculture industry. In a nearly hopeless situation, partly because
> > they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, they set out for California along
> > with thousands of other "Okies" in search of land, jobs and dignity.
> > When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: "I want to put a
> > tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the
> > Great Depression and its effects]." The book won Steinbeck a large
> > following amongst ordinary people and the working class, partly due to
> > the book's sympathy to the worker's movement and its accessible
> > style.[1]
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