The men did not break, but began figuring how to deal with the ruined corn. It was Muley Graves, a man Tom had known since he was a child, he told Tom about the loss of the farm to the Shawnee Land and Cattle Company. The Joad family is one of these families, but they have the additional problem of Tom's probation. Thugs from the farm kill Casy and Tom kills one of the attackers. Without homes and without work, there were struggles ahead of them.
Ma has a visit from the police and she tells them how she feels they are not treating her well. Casy espouses the view that what is holy in human nature comes not from a distant God, but from people themselves. During the Great Depression many of these sharecropper families faced both economic and climatic hardships. Beginning in the month of May, a drought damages the cornfields of Oklahoma. If that was not horrible enough for one to fathom; one should also know that the residents of the southern plains states had to deal with more than just depression. The Grapes of Wrath is unique film because it is so closely created to the time it represents that its functions as a primary and secondary source overlaps. Noah's departure from the family is passed over in the movie.
Steinbeck contrasts Tom's return with the arrival of bank representatives to evict the tenant farmers. The Johns Hopkins University Press. A former minister, Casy recognizes Tom immediately. They head north toward the government camp. Ongoing droughts saw to it that crops failed year after year during these times causing dust storms to become quite ubiquitous. The next time the police stop the Joads on their travels, Ma Joad forces the authorities to let the family pass without inspection. One topic that seems to be overlooked is how the storyline has many examples of economic forces at work in the film.
The farmers talk to themselves about how they are going to survive these monsters. They were tenant farmers, which allowed the bank to come in and throw them off the land, if they felt it was necessary. He also tells Tom about how little work there is in California. Although this example of supply and demand is not applied to consumers and goods, this example still shows the economic force of supply and demand at work and how it affected the family. The journey to California in a rickety used truck is long and arduous. In the context of The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck is probably implying the same attitude about the suffering of families during the Great Depression. They are not responsible for what they do, for they are controlled by larger forces.
Their truck slowly makes its way through the dirt road between the shanty houses and around the camp's hungry-faced inhabitants. John Steinbeck uses Ma Joad to be the matriarch of the family. However, one day, while working at a pipe-laying job, Tom learns that the police are planning to stage a riot in the camp, which will allow them to shut down the facilities. They were waiting for the reaction of the men, to see whether they would break. We're the people that live. The tractors that consume jobs and livelihoods. Chapter one serves as an introduction to the story; there is no dialogue.
© 1940 Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation Tom Joad, newly released from prison after serving a sentence for manslaughter, makes his way home, and along the way he is joined by Jim Casy, a former preacher. This was because Ma Joad cared for the wellness of others, all her goals were based on her family and wanting the best for them. The subsequent chapters describe the vacant houses that remain after the Oklahoma farmers have left for work elsewhere, as well as the conditions on Route 66, the highway that stretches from Oklahoma to Bakersfield, California. Some of the filming locations include: , both in ; , , and , all in ; , , , , all in ; , , all in. Tom goes into hiding, while the family moves into a boxcar on a cotton farm.
The truck driver immediately realizes Tom's recent circumstances; his probing questions, as Tom realizes, are meant to elicit a more particular confession of the crime Tom committed. The trip is arduous, but the promise of agricultural work kept the Joads on their path. Tom hides near the camp, while he recovers from a wound he got in the fight. . There is no effective target which could be destroyed in a way that would prevent the evictions.
Midway through June, a few storm clouds teased the country but dropped very little rain. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, but was let out in four due to him exhibiting good behavior. He even states that another prisoner broke his parole in order to go back. The farmers not only lost their land, but also their homes. The family is forced to inhabit a Hooverville, a squalid tent city named after President Herbert Hoover where migrants live at the whim of unscrupulous contractors and corrupt deputies.
Upon arriving there Tom sees that the place is no longer occupied. As the family moves on again, they discuss the fear and difficulties they have had. When employed by others, big words merely serve as a means to obscure and confuse. For Steinbeck, the banks have no redeeming value. Ebert believes that also helped sell the film's message, as Communism received a brief respite from American demonizing during that period.
Many believe this quote to mean that a home is not a single place or object, but a concept or state of mind, which you have when you are around your family or loved ones. Shortly after leaving, Grandpa dies of a stroke and the family buries him along the roadside. He goes to a secret meeting in the dark woods. Set during the Dust Bowl, it follows the Joads and a group of migrants. Tom's folks have gone to a relative's place to prepare for the trip. Instead, Casy finds the rules and regulations of Christian teachings severely confining and clearly inapplicable to actual situations.