History Literature / TheGrapesOfWrath

20th Apr '18 9:54:42 AM mlsmithca
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* TheAllegedCar: The Joads' car, and pretty much every one that the Okies use to go to California.
** Somewhat subverted with the Joad's car. Al's careful selection in the beginning, as well as his and Tom's technical know-how mean that they never have any real trouble with the truck.
* AnimalMotifs: The book version has in its third chapter a tortoise trying to cross a road and getting run over by a truck. In the fourth chapter, we meet Jim Casy, who's described as having a "long head" and a "beaked" nose.
** Also, [[DirtyCoward Connie]] is described as resembling a coyote.

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* TheAllegedCar: The Joads' car, and pretty Pretty much every one that the Okies use to go to California.
** Somewhat subverted
California. Subverted with the Joad's car. car; Al's careful selection in the beginning, as well as his and Tom's technical know-how mean that they never have any real trouble with the truck.
* AnimalMotifs: AnimalMotifs:
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The book version has in its third chapter a tortoise trying to cross a road and getting run over by a truck. In the fourth chapter, we meet Jim Casy, who's described as having a "long head" and a "beaked" nose.
** Also, [[DirtyCoward Connie]] is described as resembling a coyote.



* AuthorTract: and plenty of [[AuthorFilibuster Author Filibusters, too]]. A few do fit into why the Joads are going through such trouble, but most of them pop right out of left field.
** Also a reminder that TropesAreNotBad

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* AuthorTract: and And plenty of [[AuthorFilibuster Author Filibusters, too]]. {{Author Filibuster}}s, too. A few do fit into why the Joads are going through such trouble, but most of them pop right out of left field.
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field. Also a reminder that TropesAreNotBadTropesAreNotBad.



** CapitalismIsBad
** The saving power of family and fellowship
** The dignity of wrath
** The multiplying effects of selfishness and altruism

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** CapitalismIsBad
CapitalismIsBad.
** The saving power of family and fellowship
fellowship.
** The dignity of wrath
wrath.
** The multiplying effects of selfishness and altruism altruism.



* CrapsackWorld: America during The Great Depression wasn't a happy place, and the Dust Bowl had it especially bad.

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* CrapsackWorld: America during The the Great Depression wasn't a happy place, and the Dust Bowl had it especially bad.



* DoomedHometown: The Depression and the Dust Bowl pretty much destroy Oklahoma.

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* DoomedHometown: The Depression and the Dust Bowl pretty much destroy countless communities in Oklahoma.



* GasMaskMooks: the tractor drivers in the movie, looking distinctly inhuman. The one who talks to Muley Graves just wears goggles, however.
* GoodSamaritan: Casy is the most prominent, but there are quite a lot of them, particularly in the original book. Arguably, they're half the point of the story.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: It arguably can be WhiteAndGreyMorality considering the Joad's are reasonably good people who come across some kind helpers along the way.

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* GasMaskMooks: the The tractor drivers in the movie, looking distinctly inhuman. The one who talks to Muley Graves just wears goggles, however.
* GoodSamaritan: Casy is the most prominent, but there are quite a lot of them, particularly in the original book. Arguably, they're They're half the point of the story.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: It arguably can be WhiteAndGreyMorality considering the Joad's Joads are reasonably good people who come across some kind helpers along the way.



** Actually they leave the camp and move on after Tom takes leave. The film has a more ambiguous hopeful ending, leaving their fates up to interpretation.



* IronLady: Ma Joad. She exemplifies all the traits but, most importantly, manages to hold the family together through sheer force of will alone. Mellower than most examples, see below trope.

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* IronLady: Ma Joad. She exemplifies all the traits but, most importantly, manages to hold the family together through sheer force of will alone. Mellower than most examples, see below trope.examples.



* WalkingTheEarth: Tom Joad at the end.
** Could almost be the TropeNamer.

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* WalkingTheEarth: Tom Joad at the end.
**
end. Could almost be the TropeNamer.
15th Feb '18 3:09:31 PM RedScharlach
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* DwindlingParty: Starting with the dog, the Joads and the people traveling with them leave the party one by one. While some of the characters don't actually die, their departures are treated almost as seriously, given book's emphasis on family and community.

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* DwindlingParty: Starting with the dog, the Joads and the people traveling with them leave the party one by one. While some of the characters don't actually die, their departures are treated almost as seriously, given the book's emphasis on family and community.



* HappilyEverBefore: In the book, the Joad family must endure the harsh conditions of the farms, while on the film they just find a good goverment-run camp and live HappilyEverAfter.

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* HappilyEverBefore: In the book, the Joad family must endure the harsh conditions of the farms, while on the film they just find a good goverment-run government-run camp and live HappilyEverAfter.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Noah Joad in the movie. In the book he decides he cares more about the river the family stops by than the family cares for him and leaves, in the movie the scene is still present but the aforementioned part is not, and Noah simply vanishes.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Noah Joad in the movie. In the book book, he decides he cares more about the river the family stops by than the family cares for him and leaves, leaves; in the movie movie, the scene is still present but the aforementioned part is not, and Noah simply vanishes.
11th Feb '18 7:06:01 PM BrendanRizzo
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* DirtyCop: All of them, being completely owned by the wealthy capitalists. They routinely violate people’s constitutional rights, presume that everyone is guilty of a crime without any evidence, tell BlatantLies about the circumstances of arrests, are implied to make up charges on the spot if someone tries to expose a scam, and essentially act more like the Gestapo or NKVD than any American police officer is expected to be.


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* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: They run their refugee camps like concentration camps (to the point of forbidding workers from leaving), lie about ''everything'', and even employ child labor despite it being illegal. It’s implied that the ''only'' reason they’re hiring the Okies is to break strikes. The government-run sanitary units in the film have none of these problems because they are [[AuthorTract subject to regulation]].
7th Feb '18 3:22:37 PM MackWylde
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* CentralTheme:
** CapitalismIsBad
** The saving power of family and fellowship
** The dignity of wrath
** The multiplying effects of selfishness and altruism


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* GreyAndGrayMorality: It arguably can be WhiteAndGreyMorality considering the Joad's are reasonably good people who come across some kind helpers along the way.
6th Jan '18 9:53:57 AM bowserbros
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* ShoutOut: Music/WoodyGuthrie wrote a song about the protagonist, "Tom Joad", available on ''Music/DustBowlBallads'', which was recorded in 1940, around the time the film was made.
** Guthrie later said he'd written the song because the real-life Joads couldn't afford to buy the book or even to see the movie.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Music/WoodyGuthrie wrote a song about the protagonist, "Tom Joad", available on ''Music/DustBowlBallads'', which was recorded in 1940, around the time the film was made.
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made; Guthrie later said he'd written the song because the real-life Joads couldn't afford to buy the book or even to see the movie.movie.
** Music/PinkFloyd used the themes of the novel as the basis for their song [[Music/AMomentaryLapseOfReason "Sorrow"]]; the song additionally opens with the opening lines of the book.
** Music/BruceSpringsteen based the entirety of his 1995 album ''The Ghost of Tom Joad'' on the characters and themes of the novel, connecting them to the plight of the American lower class, particularly illegal Mexican immigrants, in the present day.
25th Oct '17 7:04:27 PM tv1995
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* InfantImmortality: Subverted as Rose of Sharon's baby is stillborn.
22nd Sep '17 7:47:33 AM YankeeDave
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* KnightInSourArmor: Rose of Sharon is cynical and pessimistic throughout the novel...but at the end, [[spoiler:when only she can save the day, she does]].
26th Aug '17 5:23:10 PM rachiebird
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* DwindlingParty: Starting with the dog, the Joads and the people traveling with them leave the party one by one. While some of the characters don't actually die, their departures are treated almost as seriously, given book's emphasis on family and community.
12th Jun '17 9:18:28 PM nombretomado
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[[TheFilmOfTheBook Adapted into a film]] ''a year'' after it was published. It was directed by Creator/JohnFord and starred Creator/HenryFonda, in what is considered to be among the finest works from both legends. Ford regular Creator/JohnCarradine also appeared in the film, while Jane Darwell earned the Best Actress AcademyAward for her performance as Ma Joad. The movie was considered to be ''the'' Great American Film before ''Film/CitizenKane'' was rediscovered in the late '50s.

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[[TheFilmOfTheBook Adapted into a film]] ''a year'' after it was published. It was directed by Creator/JohnFord and starred Creator/HenryFonda, in what is considered to be among the finest works from both legends. Ford regular Creator/JohnCarradine also appeared in the film, while Jane Darwell earned the Best Actress AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for her performance as Ma Joad. The movie was considered to be ''the'' Great American Film before ''Film/CitizenKane'' was rediscovered in the late '50s.
23rd May '17 4:54:58 AM YankeeDave
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** Guthrie later said he'd written the song because the real-life Joads couldn't afford to buy the book or even to see the movie.
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