Monday, October 15, 2012

Exploration 7: Entertainment

While reading The Grapes of Wrath, I noticed a lot of references to dance and music during the time period, and I was increasingly interested in the entertainment that people would enjoy. As you can imagine, the sources of entertainment were much different than they are today, mainly because new technology was still being developed. Families would usually try and find cheap sources of entertainment, which would sometimes include dance and radio. Also, with the addition of sound, movies were starting to become more popular.

While reading the book, I began to realize that the reasons for entertainment were the same as they are today. It was something that people would use to keep their minds off their hardships for a short period of time. I began to understand this when the Joad family was in the government camp and there was talk about dance every Saturday night. Even today, we still use entertainment as an escape from reality, even for a short while. I believe that it is a necessary "break", especially if one is going through rough times.
Here is a picture of a migrant worker playing the guitar.

 "Art and Entertainment in the 1930s and 1940s." loc. N.p.. Web. 15 Oct 2012. <>.


  1. I agree with you. I believe that people need to be entertained, or else their lives would be nothing but hardships.

  2. I agree with your explanation of people using music and entertainment to free our minds of hard times in our lives, then and now.

  3. I think that the great depression was probably the most important time for entertainment. without it people would have gone crazy worrying about everything all the time. I also think that today our entertainment keeps us from seeing the hardships that are right outside our door. Instead of keeping up with our national news and understanding where we are as a nation we watch South Park and that isn't always a good thing.

  4. entertainment was a very iportant peice of these families lives. it gave them a little somthing to take there minds off of what was going on around them.


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