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May 7, 2014

Why celebrate 'The Grapes of Wrath'? It's bad fiction and bad history.

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The insufferable Ma Joad (she's symbolic, so she doesn't have a first name)
-- who oscillates between threatening to bash her menfolk with blunt instruments ("knock you belly-up with a bucket," "slap ya with a stick a stove wood") when they don't do what she wants and serving as a mouthpiece for Steinbeck's hick-collectivist platitudes: "Maybe if we was all mad in the same way." Let's put her in the White House!
Los Angeles Times

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 7, 2014 5:25 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

the symbolism between Ma Joad and Ma Obama is indescribable.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at May 7, 2014 10:25 AM

Go to The Woodpile Report for an accurate depiction of these folks rather than a glamourized version by a commie rat bastard.

excerpt:

"We've all heard of the Forgotten Man, the little guy cited by President Roosevelt, the working man of the Depression Era whose livelihood and savings had vanished through no fault of his own, taken from him by financial machinations in which he had played no part. The Forgotten Man became an icon of the '30s; jobless, ill clad and hungry, evicted from the nation he built and defended." — Remus

Posted by: chasmatic at May 7, 2014 11:00 AM

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