Plot[ edit ] The film opens with Tom Joad Henry Fondareleased from prison and hitchhiking his way back to his parents' family farm in Oklahoma. Tom finds an itinerant ex- preacher named Jim Casy John Carradine sitting under a tree by the side of the road. Casy was the preacher who baptized Tom, but now Casy has "lost the spirit" and his faith.
REHMHe's on the defensive, because he's just come out of prison.
How much do we know about how he got into the argument which led to his killing another man? At one point, he says he actually likes the guy that he killed.
But the fellow put a knife in him, and he responded by picking up a shovel and bashing him over the head and killing him. And I think this is, actually, for me, one of the most troubling parts of the book, that we find him committing two murders through the course of the book.
In both cases, his mother's attitude is sort of like, well, you done what you gotta do. It's a very interesting character that we're given here. He's somebody who's capable of killing a man, and, in fact, he does again before the book is done. And I think Americans, at the time, of the s, were really attracted to figures who were outlaws.
There are several allusions in the book to Pretty Boy Floyd, a bank robber who became legendary in Oklahoma, and he killed people. And yet, he was seen as a hero for the small farmer.
I think pictures probably describe the Dust Bowl best, but I think Steinbeck's prose also is, as Leslie said, it's almost a lunar landscape.
And he shows that in his prose, what it looks like. And I think one of the reasons that Tom Joad comes out of prison, in the beginning, is to confront a world that has changed drastically since he went in.
And so, he has to see those houses collapsed, the land bare. The consequences of what's happened in the past few years. And in Oklahoma, in the 30s, you had this terrible drought, which led to all the circumstances in this book.
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Is that what it is? Yeah, something like that. Here is a point that I was trying to get at earlier, and that is how what happens in this novel is true even today. And Leslie, you were trying to get at the universality of the themes. You know, in my own case, having read it several times before, I found this reading was deeply affected by the research I had done for my book about World War II, and the exodus in my family's efforts to stay alive, you know, running from persecution from the Nazis.
And you could be talking about Jews in Hitler's Germany just as easily. Of course that movie reference you made, how can we ever forget Henry Fonda's portrayal of Tom Joad? Are you looking forward to a new production of this movie, Susan?Mar 15, · Watch video · Adapted to the screen by Nunnally Johnson, "The Grapes of Wrath" takes on the spirit of John Steinbeck's novel and delivers a harsh, crude and very realistic portrayal of poverty during the Dust Bowl/10(78K).
Parents need to know that The Grapes of Wrath is the classic John Ford-directed adaptation of the classic John Steinbeck novel. There are some brief moments of violence throughout the film: A woman is accidentally shot and killed by a police officer, police and "Okies" do battle with fists and billy clubs, and a man threatens to kill another man with .
Nov 30, · Read Common Sense Media's The Grapes of Wrath review, age rating, and parents guide. Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
Read Common Sense Media's The Grapes of Wrath review, age rating, and parents guide. Families may want to follow up the book with a viewing of the well-regarded film version.
Continue reading 5/5. Mar 31, · John Ford's "The Grapes of Wrath" is a left-wing parable, directed by a right-wing American director, about how a sharecropper's son, a barroom brawler, is converted into a union organizer.
The message is boldly displayed, but told with characters of such sympathy and images of such beauty that audiences leave the theater feeling more pity than anger or resolve.4/4.
Film; Reviews; January 30, PM PT The Grapes of Wrath It took courage, a pile of money and John Ford to film the story of the dust bowl and the tribulations of its unhappy survivors, who sought refuge in inhospitable California. Picture is "The Grapes of Wrath," adapted by Nunnally Johnson from John Steinbeck's best-seller.
THE GRAPES OF WRATH is not only one of John Ford's greatest films, it documents an American social tragedy, giving the victims a voice through art. Based on the classic John Steinbeck novel, the.