It scares the poop out of me because, my fellow Americans, we are repeating history. If live anywhere else read it as well as a guide for what not to do.
The author photo above was taken by me at Mrs. Nevertheless, despite the mixture of fatalism and sentimentality that mar both, Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath deserve their endurance, certainly on humane grounds and, whatever our critical reservations, on reasonably substantial aesthetic grounds as well.
It is certainly a novel worth contemplating inin the midst of a new major drought and deep recession, if not Depression, and with a troubled and polarized nation on the verge of a crucial presidential election.
I also intend to conclude by emphasizing the Romantic-Transcendentalist elements of the climactic scene of the novel: In its initial theatrical release, as in television showings and in the DVD, the film ends as Zanuck intended it to. It gained a wide new audience with the release of the DVD inmidway through the presidency of George W.
As a prep-school student, a youthful Bush had made two pronouncements germane to the film and prophetic of certain aspects of his administration, especially what many would see as his attempt to undo, in the name of Franklin Roosevelt, much of the Roosevelt legacy: The Grapes of Wrath, though a runaway best-seller inwas, we have to remind Theme of family in grapes of, an immensely controversial book—banned and sometimes burned in California, Oklahoma, and even denied space in the libraries of Buffalo, N.
Steinbeck, it was claimed, had perpetrated an un-American lie against capitalism. His novel was a grossly exaggerated fiction camouflaging Communist propaganda in addition, it contained coarse language. So controversial was the novel that, in an attempt to shield the film version from political opposition, it was cloaked with a dummy shooting title, Highway Given the political atmosphere in the country, and in Hollywood, at that time, one may wonder how the film came to be made at all.
After all, in the Dies Committee forerunner of the House Un-American Activities Committee of the salready had its nose to the ground, sniffing out Hollywood Popular-Fronters and Communists.
The picture seems an even more remarkably brave and liberal undertaking when we consider that the studio, Twentieth-Century-Fox, was owned by the mighty Chase Bank, and that the producer, Zanuck, was not only a Hollywood mogul but an anti-union Republican. He deserves credit for that—and for his astute choice of talent.
The stellar cast included Henry Fonda, selected to play Tom Joad—the role of his career, and one for which he probably should have won the Oscar awarded to Jimmy Stewart for The Philadelphia Story.
In what was also the finest performance of his career, John Carradine was no less perfectly cast: Zanuck made three other superb decisions: Though he later voted for Richard Nixon and strongly supported the Vietnam War, Ford was, innot only a great director but a liberal: He was also the son of Irish immigrants both from Co.
As several of his films reveal, John Ford was an artist haunted by dispossession from the land and the Great Hunger, the Irish Famine. Two of the most poignant and indelible scenes in The Grapes of Wrath, both in the novel and the film both of them risking and yet transcending mere sentimentality are indeed Leave-taking scenes.
In the second and most important Leave-taking, we see Tom saying farewell to Ma at night and walking off over the horizon. Fonda and Jane Darwell were as fully aware as Ford that this was their central moment in the film, yet the director refused to let them rehearse.
Along with the power of the acting, the scene is visually memorable for its chiaroscuro effects, the play of light and darkness. In the film, it takes place at the edge of the outdoor dance floor at the government-run camp.
Ford, a New Dealer himself, concurred. The point being made by Johnson and Ford could hardly be clearer: Casy is a messianic prophet quarried out of three visionaries admired by Steinbeck: In assuming the mantle of fallen Casy, Tom, in both novel and film, perpetuates and politicizes the fusion, Romantic and Transcendentalist, of the one and the many in the Emersonian Over-Soul.
There remains the scene with which the film ends. It could hardly be, in America, the scene written by Steinbeck; indeed, as earlier mentioned, it is not even the farewell between Tom and Ma, the final scene shot by Ford.
His film completed, the director was off on his yacht when he received a shore-to-ship cable from the producer. Either because he was in his cups or because he trusted Zanuck not to spoil his film, Ford went along, even suggesting that the producer shoot the final scene himself.
He did, utilizing several pages from earlier chapters 20 and 28 in the novel.
As it happens, in his original screenplay, Nunnally Johnson had fused these two pages and of the novelthough he subsequently relegated the whole reconfigured passage to an appendix attached to the screenplay.
Echoing the opening line of the U. Despite that disclaimer and the final uplift, what we actually have on the screen is not only a paean to the common man and woman, but a savage indictment of capitalist greed. However de-politicized it has seemed to some, the film evokes in most of its viewers a profound empathy along with resentment of the social injustices and abject misery which a cruel Nature, and a no less cruel economic system, inflicted on many thousands of dispossessed Americans.September 7th, Rhetorical Analysis of The Grapes of Wrath The dust bowl was a tragic time in America for so many families and John Steinbeck does a great job at getting up-close and personal with one family to show these tragedies.
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