Movie Essay for Grapes of Wrath

1687 Words May 9th, 2006 7 Pages
Sociology
M, 2-5

Grapes of Wrath Essay

This assignment allowed me the opportunity to use my sociological perspective to analyze the film ‘The Grapes of Wrath'. The Grapes of Wrath is a book made into a movie, based on the great depression of the 30's. It follows the Joad family, who has been forced off their family farm by the government, as they try to find a new settlement and head west to California after receiving flyers for high wage work in fruit orchards. This true story does an outstanding job portraying society, and holds numerous examples any Sociologist can study. For this paper I am going to look at the portrayals of the wealthy and poor, how land ownership is defined by the different characters and how their
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Here we see a man who was viewed as a powerful speaker and effective man of the bible give up his faith due to suffering of the era. When Tom asked him to say a few words Casey begins by saying "I don't know this old man, I don't know whether he was good or bad, and it doesn't matter much. He's dead and that's that. If I were to pray for someone I wouldn't pray for a dead man, but for those who are alive but don't know what to do or where to go. This man has his work cut out for him." These statements were very much against the established norms at the time, where religious doctrine played a very important role in burial. I feel that religion and the previously established norms take a back seat to reality and survival. On the other side of the matter there were the police and other guards who are relentless in their pursuit to keep the established norms of society in place and look out for the best interests of those who are writing their paychecks. This pursuit often leads to disregard of the rights and well being of the unfortunate many who are left homeless and penniless. We find the police breaking up transient communities in attempts to clean up the area. But when the people find alternative establishments such as the government camp of the department of agriculture, we see the police trying to disrupt any change of status for the poor and less fortunate. This brings to light the issue of interaction. The interaction between men and other men,

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