The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck Essay

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John Ford, the director of the film, The Grapes of Wrath, produced a classic masterpiece based off of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which was published in 1939. According to Lisa Cornwell, “The films in this category for the most part are centered on a universal and timeless concern that in turn helps those films achieve the enduring excellence that qualifies them as classics” (5). As viewers watch the film, the constant theme of human suffering related to the social problems of the time is displayed throughout the film. Further, Ford uses the existing social problems of the Dust Bowl to display the unfortunate forthcoming the family faces in the beginning, the middle, and the end of the film.
In the opening scene of the film, Tom Joad is walking down the road just after beginning released from prison. He is hitchhiking his way back home to his family’s farm in Oklahoma, and he meets up with Jim Casey who is an ex-preacher. The two travel together up the road to the family’s farm. This is where the pair fined Muley Graves hiding out at the farm. Ford, then uses a flashback scene to show the influences of the social problems. Muley describes how the farmers in the area have been forced off their farms for the debt they owe to the big banks. This is one of the many scenes that shows and describes what families actually faced during the Dust Bowl. Furthermore, an inference can also be made about the name of the character Muley Graves whose last name “Graves”…

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