17 Oct 2009

Essays on The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath is a story about the hardship of living on a farm during America’s Great Dust Bowl era of the 1930s.  The Joad family are forced leave their farm in Oklahoma due to the massive dust storms (called at the time “black blizzards”) and begin a trip to California after hearing about jobs in the area.  As the story progresses, the hardships continue with the death of family members and friends from malnutrition and dust storm-related ailments.  The story, in general, is an ode to the human ability to survive, even in the harshest of conditions.
The Grapes of Wrath was written by John Steinbeck.  John was born in California in 1902.  Though he lived briefly in New York, he considered himself a true Californian.  He began to write novels in 1929, just prior to the collapse of the American economy and the onset of the Dust Bowl era.  He wrote two bestsellers to include Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath.  When Steinbeck decided to write a story about the plight of immigrant farmers, he took it very seriously.  The basis was on true life though the story was fiction in itself as many such historic novels have been.  In 1940 he won the Pulitzer Prize and adapted the Grapes of Wrath into a screenplay.
The character interactions in The Grapes of Wrath are mainly between the Joad family. The main character in the book is Tom Joad, the favored son of Ma and Pa Joad.  Though the favored sun, Tom’s character comes with a history of being in prison.  Due to this experience, he tends to live for the moment, focusing on the here-and-now, rather than planning for the future.  Rose of Sharon, is the oldest of Ma and Pa Joad’s daughters.  Initially, the character is pregnant, adding an additional dimension to the story, but not what one might expect from Steinbeck.  Steinbeck uses the loss of the baby during the course of the novel as a driving force in Rose’ transformation from a giddy, pre-pregnancy child to an almost saintly standing.  Throughout the novel, Ma and Pa Joad are maintained as the epitome of dedicated parents.  Pa Joad, however, is also used to demonstrate the frustration American farmers felt when hit by the double punch of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl’s black blizzards.
Steinbeck effectively demonstrated the human spirit for survival in The Grapes of Wrath.  Part novel, part documentary, The Grapes of Wrath stands as an unquestionably significant literary work, often viewed as the epitome of historical fiction.   It’s selection as the subject of academic study and analysis was all but guaranteed the moment Steinbeck set the final sentence to paper.
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