Then We Came To The End - Nate

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
• The Book is told in first person plural
• Everyone can be categorized as the
• Each person’s individual demons they are
struggling with.
Favorite Character
Tom 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
• A workaholic
• A perpetual victim of office sabotage
• Everyone disliked him, so in turn I too disliked
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
How to survive Unemployment
• Steps you can take to help you through your
Unemployment Poem
Jane Solanrobertson
Rows and rows of boxes
All of them the same
With rooms and rooms of people
Each without a name
Hearts that beat, though breaking
And smiles
that mask the pain
Of fading hopes of sunshine
Through windows drenched with rain.
Once lovers, now not speaking
Except to lay the blame
For broken dreams and the poverty
Of unemployment shame.
Empty cupboards and drunken sleep
Are all part of the game
But hungry babies wake them still
On mornings all the same.
News broadcast
Newspaper article
Local Newspaper Article
Time magazine article
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.