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- Even though men were typically the leader and foundation of the family before the Great Depression and afterward, Ma Joad was the substitute in this novel. She is the only one that can handle everyone and still have supper on time. Her ability to understand and her unbelievable strength make Ma the correct choice, by no choice, to head this family on the road of life.
- Style: John Steinbeck s style is to write about something that he knows first hand. He likes to have all the details before writing his stories. Prior to writing The Grapes of Wrath, he caught up with some migrants from Oklahoma and rode with them on their journey to California.
- The historical play The Grapes of Wrath has been turned into a movie and is acclaimed by some people to be a classic. There are many themes going on in the play The Grapes of Wrath. Deciding which theme to grasp a hold of can be very difficult, but I have decided to focus on the Joad family as a unit and adapting to their circumstances.
- Grapes of Wrath analysisTom Joad from Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath is a prime example of a person whose morals and spiritual growth can not be restricted by the law or any other limiting factor for long. Throughout the novel he develops from a man only interestedin his own independent personal desires and needs to one who is devoted to his family and sacrifices his own personal comfort for the benefit of the family.
- The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, is a novel about the Dust Bowl migration. It is the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, and it is also the story of thousands of similar men and women. The Joads are forced off their land, so they move West to California.
- She lied to an inspector telling him, “We got a sick ol’ lady. We got to get her to a doctor. We can’t wait.” The inspector bought the story and let them pass on their way to California. Even then Ma didn’t tell the family that grandma was dead, instead she laid there next grandma’s dead carpus until they got to California.
- Because of the devastating disaster of the dust bowl, the Joad family was forced to leave their long-time home and find work and a new life elsewhere. They, like many other families, moved to California. “The land of milk and honey”. The people in the dust bowl imagined California as a haven of jobs where they would have a nice little white house and as much fruit as they could eat.
- The story opens with Tom Joad hitchhiking on his way home to his family’s farm after serving a short prison term. He gets a ride from a trucker who sneaks him on even though it is against the rules. The trucker realizes that Tom has just been released from prison and begins to question him.
- The first chapter is a description of the land. This description of the great “dust bowl” gives us the background situation for the great migration to California. In the next chapter we are introduced to the main character of the novel, Tom Joad. He is hitchhiking home after being incarcerated for four years on the charge of manslaughter.
- The Grapes of Wrath combines Steinbeck’s adoration of the land, his simple hatred of corruption resulting from materialism (money) and his abiding faith in the common people to overcome the hostile environment.
- The Grapes of Wrath combines Steinbeck adoration of the land, his simple hatred of corruption resulting from materialism (money) and his abiding faith in the common people to overcome the hostile environment.
- As Tom Joad hitchhiked his way home after a four-year stay in prison for killing a man in a fight, he met up with Jim Casy, a former preacher who was returning from a sojourn in the “wilderness,” where he had been soul-searching.
- At the onset of The Grapes of Wrath we see the Joad family struggling just to keep their immediate family together. They are focused on just themselves. The Joad family s journey to California results in the breakup of their family. The breakup of their immediate family, and the embrace of the migrant family lead to a major change in the Joad’s point of view.
- In the novel, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck describes a family’s journey from Oklahoma to California during the 1930s. The Joad Family has to move to California because they cannot survive the horrible Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. They encounter many problems during their journey, but they still manage to make it to California.
- Grapes Of Wrath Questions1. What are the chief reasons for the mass migration to California?I think that the chief reasons for the mass migration to California where based on a few different reasons. The first reason was because everyone was poor. They didn t have enough money to have the most basic necessities in life.
- In John Steinbeck s and John Ford s Grapes of Wrath the feeling of depression in the 1930s is portrayed very clearly. Both the book and movie depict the great migration West by homeless sharecroppers. The farmers were searching for work, money, and happiness, but were faced with many hardships along the way.
- One would say that on a literal level The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is about the Joad family s journey to California during The Dust Bowl. However, it is also about the unity of a family and the concept of birth and death, both literal and abstract.
- The Grapes of Wrath is a story about the Joad family and their 1800 mile journey to the supposedly job plentiful California. The family in the beginning of the book were sharecroppers in Oklahoma and were soon thrown off their land by the bank. There had been a long drought and the family were not making enough profit to keep the land.
- Jim Casy is an allusion to Jesus Christ. They have the same initials and live their lives as examples of their beliefs; Jesus to the world and Casy to Tom.
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