The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
John Steinbeck's most praised work,
The Grapes of Wrath
(1939), has become a classic work of the Depression era. The book was
awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and made into a motion picture by John Ford
that same year. Steinbeck depicts the lives of ordinary people. It is the struggle of
the Joad family of
Oklahoma who are tenant farmers forced to turn over their land to the banks and journey
across the vast plains to the developing land of California. During their
travels, the family encounters fellow migrants. Once they arrive in
California, the Joad family finds more extreme hardships like
violence and murder. The Grapes of
Wrath is a portrait of the conflict between man's reaction to the
injustice in the world and a woman's quiet strength.
The Grapes of Wrath is a successful example of social protest and a tribute to man's will to survive that captures the horrors of the Great Depression and the injustice in America.
The Grapes of Wrath. Retrieved from the World Wide Web, 4 August 2008, http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/Steinbeck/grapes.html
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