John's mother, Olive Hamilton —a former school teacher, shared Steinbeck's passion for reading and writing. There he learned of the harsher aspects of the migrant life and the darker side of human nature, which supplied him with material expressed in such works as Of Mice and Men.
Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. Steinbeck brought to the world the devastation of the Dust Bowl but, more importantly, the horrors and blatant racism that greeted migrant workers searching for better lives. The Grapes of Wrath is an epic novel depicting the mass westward migration of Oklahomans and neighboring states during The Great Depression of the s and the simultaneous Dust Bowl.
It was a time when the overuse of the land had turned the once fertile farming soil into dust, making it unfit for the growing of crops. The result was mass homelessness that led to a great migration to California and nearby states in search of jobs.
Their eldest son has just been released from prison and returns home to find his family packing up their meager belongings, ready to depart for California and hopes for a better life. So begins the story of the Joad family and their journey west.
But they soon realize that their travels will neither be easy, nor as idyllic as they had imagined. In truth, Steinbeck revealed that his novel was a watered-down version of the true horrors of the workers — the truth was worse than the fiction of his novel.
As a native Oklahoman and one who finds pride in the name "Okie," I can only tell you that I truly loved this novel. Many will say that The Grapes of Wrath is a depressing novel. On the contrary, I found it to be a book of hope and a testament to the strength of the human spirit.
They trudged on through death, hopelessness, starvation and despair. They did their best to keep their families together, and they never failed to lend a helping hand to one whose need was even greater than their own.
Nearly years later, the majority of Oklahomans still possess those admirable qualities.Set during the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath tells the powerful story of the Joad family’s trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a new life in California.
But what they find threatens to rip apart their lives, and sever the ties that bind them together.
John Steinbeck’s gripping novel about the Joad family’s trek to California, fleeing the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression, is a Pulitzer-winning American classic.
That’s partly because Steinbeck’s powers of description are without equal. Springsteen, inspired by the songs of Woody Guthrie about the Dust Bowl era, had recorded a song based on The Grapes of Wrath called The Ghost of Tom Joad.
30 great opening lines in literature. The Grapes of Wrath. as they depict the Joad family’s flight from the Dust Bowl to California.
While penning his Depression-era novel, Steinbeck wrote, "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for [the Great Depression]." He also famously said, "I've done my damnedest to rip a reader's nerves to rags.".
On Black Tuesday, October 29, , the stock market crashed, triggering the Great Depression, the worst economic collapse in the history of the modern industrial world. The Grapes of Wrath is a realist novel by American author John Steinbeck (). Set in the heart of Dust Bowl-ravaged America during the Great Depression, the novel follows the survivalist plight of a poor Okie farming family in their search for food, land, and livable wages.