Analysis Of The Book ' The Grapes Of Wrath '

1193 Words5 Pages
To quote Ma Joad in the film The Grapes of Wrath, “I ain 't never gonna be scared no more. I was, though. For a while it looked as though we was beat. Good and beat. Looked like we didn 't have nobody in the whole wide world but enemies. Like nobody was friendly no more. Made me feel kinda bad and scared too, like we was lost and nobody cared....Rich fellas come up and they die, and their kids ain’t no good and they die out. But we keep a comin’, we’re the people that live. They can’t wipe us out; they can’t lick us. We’ll go on forever Pa, ‘cause we’re the people.” This statement captures the resilience of the American working class since the birth of the country. Ma 's speech can be read as a proclamation of necessary fictions to bolster the morale of the family. She is the uncomplaining maintainer of status quo in the home, the ultimate mother figure who not only attends to physical needs, but mental needs as well. The film begins with Tom Joad, released from prison after serving four years for murder, heading back to his family’s farm in Oklahoma. On his way he meets Jim Casy, a former preacher, and they travel together to the Joad farm only to find it deserted. They learn that all of the farmers in the area were being forced from their farms by the land owners. Tom is reunited with his family at his uncle 's farm, which they must also vacate the following day. The family of twelve, plus Casy, pack up their belongings into an old truck and head to California.
Open Document