Movie Essay for Grapes of Wrath

1674 Words May 9th, 2006 7 Pages
Sociology
M, 2-5

Grapes of Wrath Essay

This assignment allowed me the opportunity to use my sociological perspective to analyze the film ‘The Grapes of Wrath'. The Grapes of Wrath is a book made into a movie, based on the great depression of the 30's. It follows the Joad family, who has been forced off their family farm by the government, as they try to find a new settlement and head west to California after receiving flyers for high wage work in fruit orchards. This true story does an outstanding job portraying society, and holds numerous examples any Sociologist can study. For this paper I am going to look at the portrayals of the wealthy and poor, how land ownership is defined by the different characters and how their
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It was obvious that the mother and father were the main heads of the house, the grandparents overall had the final say. But that quickly deteriorated as the family got the grandfather drunk and passed out to carry him along on their voyage. And as the two grand parents passed away, it was the mother that the family, mainly Tom, turned to for guidance. Family also had several seemed to evolve from previous notions of blood or love ties, to anyone willing to come along on the journey to California, and anyone willing to help out. Another essence of family importance in noticed when the husband of the couple that had accompanied the Joads on their journey had abandoned his new wife and their expecting child. I think this is a good example of how romantic and family love had been torn apart due to the horror of the great depression. More evidence of the power of the great depression can be seen in the depiction of death and dying and the relationship between people and beliefs. When the grandfather dies from the grief of the loss of his farm, the family has no choice but to bury him off the side of the road, with nothing more than a note requesting that the finder of his corpse give him a proper burial. Such images are contradictory with the earlier illustrations of a man being born in his farm and dying a good death and being buried on his farm, with his
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