Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Grapes of Wrath Readalong 2: Grapes of AW, C'MON, REALLY?!

This post is part of a readalong, and it's getting a might spoilery. Check out Devouring Texts to see the other postsalongs.




Well, now I'm upset. 

I have not finished the assigned section, dudes. I was happily trucking along, reading on Wednesday with plenty o' time to finish, and then BAM. Steinbeck kills the dog. 


How could you?

Granted, the dog was nameless, and not a particularly central character, but MAN. It's just, it's the most manipulative kind of literary device, dog-killing. (Totally a literary device. That handout you get in high school goes 1. Simile, 2. Metonymy, 3. Dog-Killing.) I hate that crap. And then, I get over the dog (and myself, a little bit) and start reading again and BAM. Steinbeck kills Grampa. This is getting George RR Martin-y, and it's making me nervous. 

Grampa dying is the saddest. He didn't even want to go to California, in the end.


He's not even supposed to be here today.

But Casy was right - Grampa died the minute he left their land. UGH, Steinbeck.



Now, I'm on Chapter 15 and I've had to take a break because he's started listing cars again.

But hey, I'll catch up. It's just, it's the rainy season now in my neck of the woods and dark early + raining all the time + Grapes of freaking Wrath = sad all the livelong day.


In conclusion, dust bowl gif.

Next day pre-post update: Now I'm at the part where Tom Joad Jr. just suggested he and Casy stay behind and fix the truck while everyone else goes on ahead. Really? Split up? It's like he's never even seen a horror movie.

This will end badly.


18 comments:

  1. WHERE IS THAT LAST GIF FROM

    Also, can I say, stellar gifs this week. I am psyched.

    Yeah, the character/animal killing is feelin' a bit cheap. But hopefully it'll let up now. HOPEFULLY.

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    1. Er, the internet. I suck. I think it looks like a Scary Movie thing, though?

      This readalong group is a TREASURE trove of gifs. We take this stuff pretty seriously.

      I hope the killing dies down (lulz), but I just read on Laura's blog that GRAMMA DIES. I AM UPSET.

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  2. Yeah, there's lots of dying in this section... but hey, at least it's not anyone awesome like Ma, right?

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    1. Omigosh if Ma died, I can't even. I would probably just throw the book away. LET THIS BE A WARNING TO YOU, STEINBECK.

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  3. I totally have that Scott Pilgrim gif allll ready to use. But now I'm not sure if I can. *consults gif bylaws* *keeps consulting*

    Grampa had to die in Oklahoma because his spirit belonged to Oklahoma... I think. Something like that. Metaphory, anyway.

    Poor doggy.

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    1. That's true - even though he didn't die in his own house on his own land, at least he died while still in his own state. Hey! Silver linings!

      *consults gif bylaw index* *flips to appropriate page* *finds answer in the affirmative* Meaning, use that thing. I have that Zooey gif you used today in my Sad Folder.

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    2. 1. EVERYONE has the Zooey gif.

      2. You can re-use gifs. Just usually after a while passes, because the point of gifs is they're hilarious/emotive, and they lose their punch if we see them a lot.

      *closes bylaw index*

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    3. RE: #2, this makes sense. Also, I stole the Amy Poehler gif above from your blog.

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  4. Steinbeck killed that dog to prepare you for all the other people he's clearly planning to off.

    The Clerks image is SPOT ON. Even though he's going now when I picture Granpa I'm going to picture old Dante

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    1. Hahahaha, old man Dante. He's already curmudgeonly enough.

      So killing the dog is like a murdery appetizer? It's just bleakidy bleak foreshadowing? ARE YOU SAYING THERE WILL BE NO GRAPES IN CALIFORNIA?!

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  5. I believe 'dog killing' is a variant of synecdoche. (Don't think too hard about that, I just haven't been able to use the word 'synecdoche' in a sentence in, like, a year.)

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    1. *looks up synecdoche for the 50th time*

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    2. It is absolutely a variant of synecdoche. Adjacent to onomatopoeia.




      Hyperbole.

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  6. OMG DUST BOWL GIF.

    And the dog got me really upset, too. I think I was more upset by that than by Granpa. At least people cared that Granpa died.

    /bitter

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    1. Yes. Exactly. I'm with you. Although, at least one of the little ones threw up when the dog died. That's something.

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  7. The dog dying was the worst of all the deaths. THAT WAS NOT NECESSARY.

    I couldn't believe they split up either. And they're all like "we'll just meet up again on the side of the road!" I'm surprised Steinbeck had that little part end smoothly.

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    1. That parts end smoothly? That REALLY doesn't sound like Steinbeck. He must have been having a really good day when he wrote that part.

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    2. Shit, my bad, forgot you stopped just before that part. ;)

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