Plot[ edit ] The narrative begins just after Tom Joad is paroled from McAlester prisonwhere he had been imprisoned after being convicted of homicide.
It scares the poop out of me because, my fellow Americans, we are repeating history. If live anywhere else read it as well as a guide for what not to do. In the Grapes of Wrath Mr. Steinbeck tells the tale of the first great depression through the Joad family from Oklahoma, who has been displaced from their family farm through no fault of their own.
You see, there was a big bad drought which made farming impossible. In those days the family farm fed the family and what they had left over they sold.
Then crop failure, drought, and flood were no longer little deaths within life, but simple losses of money. And all their love was thinned with money, and all their fierceness dribbled away in interest until they were no longer farmers at all, but little shopkeepers of crops, little manufacturers who must sell before they can make.
Then those farmers who were not good shopkeepers lost their land to good shopkeepers. No matter how clever, how loving a man might be with earth and growing things, he could not survive if he were not also a good shopkeeper.
And as time went on, the business men had the farms, and the farms grew larger, but there were fewer of them. Put them on the streets, children and elderly and all……. Poor people are less than. From California came hand bills, pamphlets promising jobs and urging the homeless to drag their whole lives via barely moving junk heaps to the golden state where grapes grew in bunches by the side of the road.
What choice did they have? They drove across deserts and mountains, losing loved ones along the way, they answered those hand bills in droves.
What else could they do? What happened when they got to California?
They were called Okies and shitheals and were looked down upon. As if they were just lazy and all it would take to get out of poverty was to get a job……but there were no fucking jobs.
The owners sent out more handbills then they needed to. Because the more men begging for a job the less the owners would have to pay them.Apr 14, · Of John Steinbeck’s 17 novels, The Grapes of Wrath and the story of the Joad family pitted against the tyrannical agricultural system is undoubtedly Author: Sudipta Datta.
Steinbeck's most controversial work, The Grapes of Wrath, raises similar questions. During the Dust Bowl Era, three generations of the Joad family set out on the road, seeking a decent life in fertile California and joining thousands of others bound by an experience that transforms them from "I" to "we" (p.
). Steinbeck's most controversial work, The Grapes of Wrath, raises similar questions. During the Dust Bowl Era, three generations of the Joad family set out on the road, seeking a decent life in fertile California and joining thousands of others bound by an experience that transforms them from "I" .
The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in /5(K).
John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad and his family are forced from their farm in the Depression-era Oklahoma Dust Bowl and set out for California along with thousands of others in search of jobs, land, and hope for a brighter future. Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece.
Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land/5(K).