Theme Thursdays: Women Relationships

12 May

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event that will be open from one thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:

  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
    Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”

This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

We just celebrated Mother’s day so this week’s theme had to be a celebration of women. Go ahead and post on ……..WOMEN RELATIONSHIPS

I was delighted to discover this Theme Thursdays topic. After reading The Grapes of Wrath last night, I’ve been contemplating Ma Joad’s character. When Steinbeck first introduces Ma Joad, she seems very distant and unapproachable. As I’ve followed the Joad’s on their journey, however, I have grown very fond of Ma. She is strong and capable; she is also sweet and nurturing. Like a real-life mother, Ma treats each of her children as individuals. She is gentle yet firm with Rose of Sharon. She worries about Tom even though he is a grown man.

Ma is a pillar of the Joad family – her strength carries the family through many difficult situations. Yet at times, we get to see Ma’s “human” side. In the passage I read last night, the Joads arrive at an FSA camp. They reach the camp late at night when everyone is asleep. A watchman tells Tom about the amenities offered by the camp, and promises the Central Committee will visit the Joad family in the morning to share the specifics. Tom knows his mother will be thrilled – it’s been so long since they have been treated like real people. Wanting to draw out her anticipation a little longer, Tom and Ma share the following conversation:

She whispered, “I heard they got hot water.”

“Yeah. Now you get to sleep. I don’ know when you slep’ las’.”

She begged, “What ain’t you a-gonna tell me?”

“I ain’t. You get to sleep.”

Suddenly she seemed girlish. “How can I sleep if I got to think about what you ain’t gonna tell me?”

“No, you don’t,” Tom said. “First thing in the mornin’ you get on your other dress an’ then – you’ll find out.”

“I can’t sleep with nothin’ like that hangin’ over me.”

“You got to,” Tom chuckled happily. “You jus’ got to.”

I love the picture of tough, strong Ma becoming like a young girl again simply because the camp affords running water!


3 Responses to “Theme Thursdays: Women Relationships”

  1. Shirley May 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    I haven`t but should read Grapes of Wrath. Thank you for the lead in for the snippet. It does show a good example of relationships.

    Here`s mine:

  2. Shirley May 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    I haven’t yet read The Grapes of Wrath but really would like to. I appreciate the introduction to the snippet you provided. Even the toughest can be like little children, depending on the circumstances.

    Here’s mine:My Bookshelf

  3. kavyen May 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Your introduction to the snippet is just a genius idea. It gives us some insight but still leaves a lot unsaid. Great!!

    Thanks again!

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