The one person that stood out the most between thee family was Ma. In some places, The Grapes of Wrath has been edited or banned. In both these works, the mothers play the most important role in the development of the plot. However, as the 20th century continues, the emphasis on family in America is decreasing. In contrast to the naturalistic setting, many of the characters in the Joad family stand as sentimentalized or heroicized figures. He isn't ashamed of his poverty or life as a bum, and he embraces who he is, for all of the good and bad.
In this essay I will examine and compare the social, political, and spiritual elements within these novels and how they relate to this class. In John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family, forced from their home in Oklahoma, head to California in search of work and prosperity only to find poverty and despair. Ain't got the call no more. Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California. The story shows how the Joad families, like many other families, were made to leave their homes because big business took over and the little man was left to fend for himself.
The main theme and the most important, in my opinion is free will versus necessity. This path of independence and solitude may not always be the best option for them or their family, though. However the journey breaks up the family, their dreams are not realized and their fortunes disappear. Only through hard work and determination would this state of happiness and peace of mind be obtained. Symbolism helps Steinbeck create the overarching theme of the importance of family in The Grapes of Wrath.
Instead, he simply disappears without explanation. However, the family also contains tensions; the family can't suppress Tom's anti-social tendencies or Al's desire for independence. Says a wilderness ain't no good, 'cause his little piece of a soul wasn't no good 'less it was with the rest, an' was whole. His face, squared by a bristling pepper and salt beard, was all drawn down to the forceful chin. The book was set by the author during the Great Depression in the United States, which has been used to highlight the challenges and experiences of American people during that period.
They are denied decent wages and forced to turn against their fellow scramblers to simply survive. As Pa falls behind, guilt-ridden for his lack of ability to provide for his family, Ma is left to make the decisions. The fertile earth, the straight tree rows, the sturdy trunks, and the ripe fruit. Chapter 14 made an interesting point. When critic retired in 1967, he named The Grapes of Wrath one of the best fifty films ever made. As the Joads leave their farm and journey westward, they no longer live just within their own isolated unit.
Daniel Joseph Singal agrees with this viewpoint, but with a twist. The Joad men include Grampa, Pa, Uncle John, Noah, Tom, Al, and Winfield. Woman looks at it like that. It was published in 1939, and became one of his most popular works despite all the criticism it generated and is regarded as one the most important books about the Great Depression Routledge. Their land had been taken by the banks and turned into cotton fields.
Steinbeck introduces people who are hard working and honest, that reach out selflessly with compassion towards others. Family is a means of survival in The Grapes of Wrath. As a result, the audience is encouraged to concentrate on the events that are being staged, not on the nature of their presentation. So in preparation for The Grapes of Wrath he went to Oklahoma, joined some migrants and rode with them to California. Many people thought this book was an attack on America, due to it's social views.
The family arrives at the first transient migrant campground for workers and finds the camp is crowded with other starving, jobless and desperate travelers. And he laid the scraper on the chopping block, and the knife beside it. In a film review written for magazine by its editor , he separated his views of Steinbeck's novel from Ford's film, which he liked. He is responsible for the maintenance of the family's truck during the journey to California. When Tom is first introduced, he is portrayed as a negative character.
The Joads and Casy head out along , joining an exodus of poor tenant farmers heading west. Huge technological improvements and scientific breakthroughs paved the way for larger, more stable and profitable financial markets. When they are at their best, they run like a well-oiled machine, knowing exactly what chores to do next. Near the end of the novel, Al finally asserts his independence by refusing to leave his fiancee behind at the boxcar camp, a decision that ultimately leaves the family stranded. The Biblical allusions represented by the characters in the novel are most obvious in the characters of Jim Casy and Rose of Sharon.