John Steinbeck is one of the most beloved authors of all time. His books bring us into the world of those who are hardworking and downtrodden. Many of them work jobs that people look down upon during the Great Depression. This is no different in his novel The Grapes of Wrath. This well known book became an Academy Award winning movie in 1940. Following the life of the Joad family as they leave Oklahoma for a better life in California.
When the film starts out we are introduced to Tom Joad who has recently got out of jail. When Tom returns to his parents house he discover that they are gone as is many of the land around him. He is informed that his family is preparing to head out west and is living near by. When Tom finally catches up with his family he is welcomed back with open arms. His mother, Ma Joad, was concerned that she would have to leave without him. His sister Rose of Sharon is expecting a child with her husband. While his younger siblings are happy to see him. However, the trip to California is not without tragedy. The patriarch of the Joad family dies just as they leave Oklahoma and Tom finds himself in trouble again for defending a man against a camp guard. There are many migrant camps that the Joads stay at on their way. Ma Joad finds herself comforting Rose of Sharon who miscarries her child (in the book the child is stillborn) after her husband runs off. Tom ends up accidentally committing a crime that leads him to flee his family for their own safety. He does so with Ma Joad reflecting on their journey by stating that they need people who are like them.
The Grapes of Wrath is a film that opens our eyes to the troubles of the Great Depression. Everything that happened to the Joad family was a reality for many families who were trying to find a better life for themselves. This film shows that the road to redemption was not an easy on. Based on the book The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck we are shown the tragedy that can be fall an all American family. John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902, only to bring about brilliantly written books that reflect chasing the American dream.