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The Use of the Character of Tommy DiMaria to Represent the Distinction Between Cowboys and Sheepherders in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
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How Tommy DiMaria is used to represent the distinction between the cowboys and sheepherders The first thought associated with the word cowboy is that this is a real man virile strong brave and dexterous We imagine a clatter of horses hoofs wind blowing into his ears and a lasso in his muscular hands This word definitely has a romantic tinge some action is hidden inside it What about a sheepherder Our imagination depicts flat land occupied by a huge flock of sheep a doleful man with a long crook in his hand There is no action at all and only a couple of words can be used boring and very prosaic We are about to enter Levittown the land that has became an apple of discord which means so much for the cowboys and doesnt have any special meaning for the sheepherders The setting of the novel carries us back to the late forties Wetherell invokes the economic uncertainty of the immediate post war period Tommy DiMaria the World War II vet was one of the bunches of young men who were just trying to get started who were just nave as just crazy hopeful All they had were a couple of good hands belief in luck and an eagerness to provide good care for their families They had a dream of the light future with an inalienable part of this dream being a family house somewhere in a suburb The accomplishment of this dream seemed so far away but they were ready to do anything to achieve it Bill Levit gave them the perfect opportunity to attain this dream When Tommy approaches Levittown the mass produced houses are just being built or better said assembled As his dream is being assembled right in front of him and he has a feeling that this could be a fortunate opportunity All Tommy had been
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