The book does wonders in revealing the authenticity of the Joads and their encounters. This book goes through the life of one family through their troubles. From her family standpoint, one could understand that she carries rather successfully the heavy weight of their misfortunes. Not my land, but ours. After serving four years in jail for murder, he is finally out on parole. Steinback exhibits the feelings and the outlook many actual Americans faced during this dark time in history through his characters in a monumental and comprehensible way.
While Steinbeck writes profoundly and emotionally about the political problems of the Great Depression, his characters also show evidence of a deep concern with spirituality… 809 Words 4 Pages and Survival in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath In the American epic novel, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, there are pivotal and dynamic changes that occur in the various significant characters of Jim Casy, Ma Joad, and Tom Joad. There wasn't nothin' to eat, but I couldn't leave. Tom: Ain't you the preacher? The remaining family members move from one squalid camp to the next, looking in vain for work, struggling to find food, and trying desperately to hold their family together. At the beginning of the twentieth century, men led the family. If you could separate causes from results, if you could know that Paine, Marx, Jefferson, Lenin were results, not causes, you might survive. Throughout the book, Pa comments that Ma's increased assertiveness represents a fundamental change in the world he knows.
Agent: Oh son, it ain't his fault, because the bank tells him what to do. I'll be ever'-where - wherever you can look. Even though she is normally straightforward, Ma does have a tough side, too. Yet when the tractors are at rest the life goes out of them. Only the tractor sheds made of gleaming iron and silver are alive. He gets a farm or loses it, and that's a jerk. She is the embodiment of Casy's idea of love, possessing the same intuitive sense of morality that Tom has.
Tom is meant for much more than his carpe diem philosophy however. On their journey to California, the Joads face hardship such as starvation and death ultimately leading the Joads as well as other dust bowl survivors to unity. When Tom is first introduced, he is portrayed as a negative character. But the tractor does two things--it turns the land and turns us off the land. Chapter Thirteen: The Joads continue on their travels.
She keeps calm and keeps herself together even throughout the most difficult times. Lastly, we want to briefly chit chat about the dynamic Joad duo. Al: Ain't you gonna look back, Ma? This novel evokes the morals and themes of old American farmers such as hard work, determination, and both emotional and physical strength. Even Grampa, when he refuses to leave, does so in a display of bitter energy. Seldom used or even seen since the Revolutionary War, the musket carries something more than the sum of its parts-- it is the symbol of an underdog, of a fledgling rebellion struggling against desperate odds. Ma Joad is the mother and also the glue of the Joad family.
The men consider the losses, while the women look on silently, reading their husband's expressions. Many family members of the Joad family have a great deal of influence on Ma, and Ma on them. Seems that way to me. Although he does not explicitly identify this enemy, its characteristics indicate that it is the capitalist system that was vilified earlier in the novel. Tom: Then it don't matter. Yet Ma Joad appears to be the principal victim of the move to California. The weak are separated from the strong and the leaders are separated from the followers.
When Pa threatens her, she says ''You made up your mind. Many people lived in Hoovervilles made of tarp and tin. This worries Ma Joad, who balks at any idea of splitting up the family. In the classic novel The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, you can follow the Joad family in the pursuit to their dreams and the difficulties they faced and overcame. A government-run camp proves much more hospitable to the Joads, and the family soon finds many friends and a bit of work.
I guess somebody knows somethin'. The Grapes of Wrath Discuss the gender dynamics throughout Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck wants people as a whole to act like Ma and help each other. The presence of numerous relatives from across three generations makes maintaining order difficult, as the family meeting demonstrates. His main belief was that souls of all mankind are just a part of one large, collective soul. Ma: All right, Tommy, but what do ya figur you're gonna do? Some things folks do is nice, and some ain't so nice. They experience conflict within the family itself, with the society they are coming from as well as the one they are going to, and with nature and the elements.