Karina Martinez's Digital Journal


February 12, 2016 - Stinging Dust and Forgotten Lives

The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, is a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the U.S. and Canada prairies. It is known as the Dirty Thirties for it occurring during the 1930's. Besides that, this disaster is also know as the Black Blizzard which lasted for 10 years. It all began on 1929, people dug too deep into the ground which destroyed all of the roots. The grass in the ground that holds the soil down was blown away which meant all the soil went all over the place. People would have to use gummed tape, wet rags, paraffin linens, and cloth masks in order to prevent dust pneumonia or just to keep dust out of their houses. The Dust Bowl affected, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Canada. Many families had to migrate to California to search for jobs. However, many didn't find jobs because of the Great Depression. The Oklahoma Farewell is when some people didn't want to leave because they believed it'll get better. There was a sudden turn however, programs developed for farmers. The government programs were set up to help farmers, they gave them money and seeds. In 1939, all the droughts and all the suffering ended.

February 15, 2016 - The Fight Scene

In Of Mice & Men, Chapter 3, Lennie asked George to describe how they'll be living out of the fatta' the lan'. Resulting in Lennie getting overly excited over the fact that they had their plan down. Lennie has an obsession with rabbits, and once they're stable and settled down, he will be able to own his own rabbits. This, of course, made him daydream and space out about having rabbits of his own, nevertheless, he can't stop smiling. They stopped discussing their dream because Curley, Whit, Carlson, and Slim walk in. As they do, Curley accused Slim of eying his wife. This is when the others laugh off. However, Lennie, who is still dreaming about the rabbits, also smiles, which leads Curley to confront him aggressively. This is when the fight starts, Curley punches Lennie in the face. Lennie doesn't want to fight back, he cries and calls for George to help. George on the other hand tells Lennie to fight back and to get 'em." Being that Lennie is big, he catches Curley's next punch in his massive paw and crushes his hand down. George tells Lennie to let go, however, his grip only hardens out of fear. By the time Lennie loosens or relaxes his grip, Curley's hand has been ruined. Afterwards, Lennie is afraid that he did this horrible thing but George calms him down by saying that it wasn't his fault.