Grapes of Wrath

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The Grapes of Wrath

Rebecca Seifrig

Indiana Wesleyan University


Dr. Dave Arnold, Professor

Merrillville, Indiana

September 15, 2014

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I chose to watch The Grapes of Wrath. This movie premiered in January 1940, just at the end of the great depression.

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation produced the movie in black and white, although color had been invented by then. John Ford directed the movie where Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine played leading roles. This movie shifts back and forth from different points of view. Some scenes describe certain experiences of the travels and others provide historical analysis. "On the screen, the film honestly and realistically recreates the socio-economic impact of the great depression and a mid 30's drought upon one representative family-the Joads." ("Great Depression Facts | Great Depression Facts," n.d.)

This movie is based on a family that is dealing with the struggles of the "Dust Bowl", drought, starvation and poverty. Through the story follows just one family on their journey to a better life in California, the truth is that thoughts of people...