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Then We Came To The End. Joshua Ferris. Joshua Ferris. Born In Danville, Illinois Attended University of Iowa Received BA in English and Philosophy Participated in MFA program in california Published two novels. Protagonist. The Book is told in first person plural

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joshua ferris
Joshua Ferris
  • Born In Danville, Illinois
  • Attended University of Iowa
  • Received BA in English and Philosophy
  • Participated in MFA program in california
  • Published two novels
  • The Book is told in first person plural
  • Everyone can be categorized as the protagonist.
  • Each person’s individual demons they are struggling with.
favorite character tom mota
Favorite CharacterTom Mota
  • Recently divorced
  • An overly dramatic man
  • Dresses up like a clown and comes back to wreak havoc on the office
least favorite character joe pope
Least Favorite CharacterJoe Pope
  • A workaholic
  • A perpetual victim of office sabotage
  • Everyone disliked him, so in turn I too disliked him
rising action
Rising Action
  • People are being laid off one by one
  • Everyone is wondering when it’s their time
  • This in turn creates an uncomfortable work environment.
  • Individuals coping methods become stranger as lay-offs grow closer
  • Story is told through a number of different people as a “Collective We”
  • Tom Mota (former employee) returns to the office dressed as a clown armed with a paintball gun.
  • He terrorizes the office
falling action
Falling Action
  • Tom Mota was eventually arrested
  • People dealt with it by either quiting, taking a vacation, or just working through it
  • Book jumps ahead five years later.
  • Everyone is reunited by a book signing of a former employee.
  • They all talk about their current lives
  • The Book takes place at a Chicago advertising agency at the beginning of the economic downturn.
  • The time is important because jobs are being loss, and that is one of the central theme’s of this book. Trying to stay Employed.
unemployment song
Unemployment Song
how to survive unemployment
How to survive Unemployment
  • Steps you can take to help you through your unemployment
unemployment poem jane solanrobertson
Unemployment PoemJane Solanrobertson

  Rows and rows of boxesAll of them the sameWith rooms and rooms of peopleEach without a nameHearts that beat, though breakingAnd smiles

that mask the painOf fading hopes of sunshineThrough windows drenched with rain.Once lovers, now not speakingExcept to lay the blameFor broken dreams and the povertyOf unemployment shame.Empty cupboards and drunken sleepAre all part of the gameBut hungry babies wake them stillOn mornings all the same.

news broadcast
News broadcast
newspaper article
Newspaper article
local newspaper article
Local Newspaper Article
time magazine article
Time magazine article
the great depression
The Great Depression
  • America's "Great Depression" began with the dramatic crash of the stock market on "Black Thursday", October 24, 1929 when 16 million shares of stock were quickly sold by panicking investors who had lost faith in the American economy. At the height of the Depression in 1933, nearly 25% of the Nation's total work force, 12,830,000 people, were unemployed.