OOC: So, in my history class, I've been learning about The Great Depression, and I've found it really interesting! Please know a little bit of history if you choose to join this thread; mainly just basic knowledge of The Great Depression. I need a lot of characters in this, such as my character's husband, my character's children, and my character's children's friends. I'll start the thread when my character's husband joins, but don't be afraid to jump in with a form if you'd like to participate. This thread takes place in specifically 1931, two years after The Great Depression started. Please make sure to make your character have similar fashion to the 1930's and remember to use 1930's slang, if you want to make it sound more realistic. For example, instead of calling alcohol by its name, your character should refer to it as "speakeasy", and "good looking" should be "spiffy." If you don't feel like you know anything, a brief explanation is that America's stock markets crashed and the poor were becoming more poor, and the rich were getting richer. Many people were required to start welfare and take labor jobs, and even sell their children (farm their children) so they could get back on their feet. If you've ever watched the movie "Cinderella Man", this will make a lot more sense.
Family: Unknown number of children, has a husband
Occupation: School teacher
Appearance: Dark brown hair, brown eyes, pale skin, short, curly hair, and wears makeup
Personality: Marilyn loves children and is very sweet at most times, except when she has to get strict on her students. She is easily affected by stress and gets emotional whenever she thinks about possibly having to farm out her kids. The woman is struggling with paying for her house, even though she has a full time job. Marilyn is a strong woman who will do anything for her friends and family.
Marilyn smiled as the bell rang; finally, class was over. Now, she could finally go home back to her husband...she could only hope that he wasn't drinking again. It was quite common for him to start drinking due to the stress of their income. He didn't even feel like a man anymore. Her husband wanted Marilyn to quit her job because he felt like she was just doing all the work for him. It was always the man who brought home the dough, not the woman. If you were a man and didn't work, you were seen as a disgrace. A weakling. When people asked, he always lied and told them, "oh, I work at the docks." He didn't, obviously, but he didn't want anyone to criticize him for sitting on his lazy rump at home while his wife taught children at a school.
Marilyn exited the school house and looked around. Many people were sitting on the streets; they had already lost their homes. People came up to her and asked her for money, but she declined, knowing she was low on money as well. The snow crunched under her heels as she headed back home. Home...the place where she could usually stay warm and cozy. However, that wasn't possible anymore. They couldn't afford to pay for the heat. Now, when she returned home, she would have to wear many layers of blankets just to stay warm. Her walk slowed. She was no longer that excited to go home anymore. At least at the school they actually had heat...
Once the woman made it to her house, she unlocked the door and arrived to see her husband standing inside. She greeted him with a warm smile. "Work was good today...except for a couple things," she murmured. She sat down on a wooden chair quietly.