The Grapes Of Wrath By John Ford

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The Grapes of Wrath John Ford’s film The Grapes of Wrath (1940) is set in black-and-white during the Great Depression. It tells the story of a family being expelled from their home in Oklahoma; Not only by the bank and big business but by nature itself. The family being forced off their land causing them to be dependent on each other in order to survive supports the theme of familial survival and human dignity. The essential aspects of The Grapes of Wrath are family and the fight to survive while still holding on to what dignity they have left. The film starts off with the son (Tom Joad) hoping to make his way back home to his family. He gets a ride from a truck driver and continues on to stumble upon the old family preacher (Casey). (1)During the conversation between Tom and Casey, Casey tells Tom, “I’m not a preacher anymore”, and throughout the film we will hear him say this repeatedly. We can start to see the change in his dignity as a human more when the story progresses on. The two men head towards Tom’s family home and it is not what Tom was expecting. As the two men look around the house to see if anyone was there they find Muley, a farmer and a friend of the family. Muley tells the men what has been happening and that Tom’s family had been forced off their land like everyone else. (2) As we listen to Muley talk about how the bank and big businesses were forcing people off their land we are introduced to conflict which is trying to survive while keeping some
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