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The film and the book reveal the plight of individuals who are earnestly working to ease suffering alongside other circumstances that are purely not of their making. With no suggestions being offered either in the book or film, Ma Joad announces that the solution to unemployment will be the duty of the people. To this note, the movie ends with a lot of optimism that someday somewhere, there will be a reprieve. (Finn, 2)
The film portrays two main themes. In the entire movie, maturity is clearly shown; this is the concept that life’s process requires a rebirth of the mind. Amidst the difficulties that people encounter, one is not to give up, you need to renew your strength and carry on with the struggle because sometimes, a good day comes and things become different and better. Peoples past experiences have revealed that whenever puts on a new face in the midst of trouble, your efforts never fade until finally showers of hope come along. The theme of maturity is revealed in many experiences that the family until, at its end, the film provides an optimism that things will get better.
Secondly, the theme of mistreatment comes out clearly in the theme; residents are made to encounter hardships in the hands of the mighty people. Views in the ‘Okie’ Californian camps expose conditions where people are greatly deprived of life’s necessities. The state troops and the local police push about the people and the visitors that are unwelcomed in a foreign land. The whole movie brings to us a story that has merciless treatments. It is only in one spot where the visitors find solace; the governments agricultural camp in the northern California.
This is a highly captivating narrative, very natural and pure. It’s a classical novel, about a poor family which is made to travel to look for a greener pastures a place of comfort, where they can live in peace and afford a decent life. The family sets to California where
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It is because almost all the ideals of Communism, as defined in Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto”, can be applied to both of the texts. Whereas Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” plays more closely on the life-line of proletariat class, Odets’ “Waiting for Lefty” shows a clearer view of communist ideals.
Set in the backdrop of the Great Depression (one of the tumultuous periods in American history), the story follows their journey west and the inevitability of suffering, disappointment and disillusionment of their lot. Even when the Joad family reaches the promised land of California, where farming work is said to be in abundance, the overflow of other immigrants like them skews the power between the worker and the master.
Similar to the other people living in that era in Oklahoma, the Joads suffer through the lack of money and thus, provisions, too. They start a journey to California in hopes of improving their living conditions. The protagonist of the book is Tom Joad, the second oldest son of the Joads family.
The Joad family is the representative of the migrant labourers. The fistful of elite people was trying to maximize their profits in such a hard situation also, and that is by exploiting farmers and forcing them into destitution and starvation. In the beginning of the novel the worst condition of Dust Bowl Oklahoma region has been depicted.
Student’s Name: Instructor’s Name: Essay, English Literature (Classic and Modern) Date: Topic: The Moral Development of Tom Joad in the Grapes of Wrath Introduction Reformation and rehabilitation for an individual released from the prison is the best thing that can happen in life.
Indeed, a central theme in many of his works is the quiet desperation of faceless individuals who find themselves trapped in the social and economic conditions of their town. In his works, John Steinbeck has given a voice to the ordinary working class, and has elevated into public consciousness, the migrant worker otherwise invisible and falling within the cracks.
The skin becomes the boundary between the person and his world.
Both literature and the media are full of these images of the self as separate from the society he moves in. It is not uncommon to find the theme of a story, whether in literature or in film, where man is facing an adversary outside of himself, if not larger than himself.