Ford became a director long before that other great creator of visual beauty on the screen, Josef von Sternbergand his films constitute a parallel tradition to those of Sternberg and his followers.
Plot[ edit ] The narrative begins just after Tom Joad is paroled from McAlester prisonwhere he had been imprisoned after being convicted of homicide. On his return to his home near Sallisaw, OklahomaTom meets former preacher Jim Casy, whom he remembers from his childhood, and the two travel together.
Graves tells them that the banks have evicted all the farmers, but he refuses to leave the area.
Tom finds his family loading their remaining possessions into a Hudson Motor Car Company sedan converted to a truck; with their crops destroyed by the Dust Bowlthe family has defaulted on their bank loans, and their farm has been repossessed. Consequently, the Joads see no option but to seek work in California, described in handbills as fruitful and offering high pay.
The Joads put everything they have into making the journey. Although leaving Oklahoma would violate his parole, Tom decides it is worth the risk, and invites Casy to join him and his family. Traveling west on Route 66the Joad family find the road crowded with other migrants. In makeshift camps, they hear many stories from others, some returning from California, and the group worries about lessening prospects.
The family dwindles as well: Grandpa dies along the road, and they bury him in a field; Grandma dies close to the California state line; and both Noah the eldest Joad son and Connie Rivers the husband of the pregnant Joad daughter, Rose of Sharon leave the family.
Led by Ma, the remaining members realize they can only continue, as nothing is left for them in Oklahoma.
Reaching California, they find the state oversupplied with labor ; wages are low, and workers are exploited to the point of starvation. The big corporate farmers are in collusion and smaller farmers suffer from collapsing prices.
Weedpatch Campone of the clean, utility-supplied camps operated by the Resettlement Administrationa New Deal agency, offers better conditions but does not have enough resources to care for all the needy families. Nonetheless, as a Federal facility, the camp protects the migrants from harassment by California deputies.
The remaining Joads work as strikebreakers in a peach orchard, where Casy is involved in a strike that eventually turns violent. The Joads later leave the orchard for a cotton farm, where Tom is at risk of being arrested for the homicide.
Tom bids his mother farewell and promises to work for the oppressed.
Ma Joad remains steadfast and forces the family through the bereavement. In the final chapter of the book, the family takes shelter from the flood in an old barn.
Inside they find a young boy and his father, who is dying of starvation. Rose of Sharon takes pity on the man and offers him her breast milk to save him from starvation.A Character Analysis of Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck PAGES 2.
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Not sure what I'd do without @Kibin - Alfredo Alvarez, student @ Miami University. Exactly what I needed. - Jenna Kraig, student @ UCLA. John Ford and Allan Dwan John Ford began directing films in the 's.
So did another prolific Hollywood director, Allan Dwan.A number of running elements in . The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in The book won the National Book Award  and Pulitzer Prize  for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in John Steinbeck () Character Al Joad and Setting description for "The Grapes of Wrath" Essay by Anonymous User, High School, 11th grade, A+ Description of character: Al Joad.
Al Joad is a fairly skinny guy of medium built who starts out being. a cocky, self-conceited character. His only justifiable reason for/5(1). Character Analysis Al Joad is Tom Joad's sixteen-year-old brother who likes to "billygoat" and "tomcat" his way around the country (a.k.a.
his hormones are raging). He drove a truck for a company the year before, and so he becomes the family mechanic, able to drive cars and fix them, too. A B C D E F G H I J - R S - Z. A. Abernant /85 By The Mekons.A tribute to miners and the British Miners' Strike of "The wind and the rain beat on his fair.