->''"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord''
->''He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored"''
-->--'''Julia Ward Howe''', "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"

1939 novel by Creator/JohnSteinbeck, winner of the 1940 PulitzerPrize. The book makes a strong political statement (of the social liberal kind), and is pretty much the antithesis of anything by Creator/AynRand. The story follows a poor family from Oklahoma [[TheGreatDepression hit by the dust bowl]] that travel all the way to California (losing the grandparents along the way) to find jobs on farms. Sadly, they discover that work conditions are horrid and farms are overpopulated and people are paid poorly. The themes of the book made it a very controversial book in its day, and it is still divisive today. What isn't denied is that the book was extremely influential.

[[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.
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!!Tropes:

* AerithAndBob: The Joad family: Tom, Sr. (Pa), Uncle John, Tom, Al, Noah, Ruthie, Winfield... and Rose of Sharon.
* TheAllegedCar: The Joad's car, and pretty much every one that the Okies use to go to California.
* 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.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Steinbeck uses Bible quotes when they agree with what he's trying to say, but states that Christianity, as Casy used to practice it, has a lot wrong with it.
* 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
* BadassPreacher: Jim Casy.
* BadCopIncompetentCop: Well, definitely the former half of it. The book attempts a [[JustifiedTrope justification]]: in California at this time, they were paid per arrest, with no deduction for arresting the wrong person.
* BarefootPoverty: The tractor driver said that his youngest kid never had any shoes.
* CapitalismIsBad: And it destroys the lives of the poor people of Oklahoma.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: Pa Joad blames himself for his son Noah's slowness as he tried to deliver him on his own, and ended up distorting his head.
* CrapsackWorld: America during 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.
* EmpathicEnvironment: At the end, it begins to rain heavily when the cotton crop is picked through and the pickers are out of work.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: A very successful one, amply considered a classic.
* FunetikAksent: To the point where Rose of Sharon's name is rendered as "Rosasharn" in dialogue.
* 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.
* 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.
** 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.
* {{Hatedom}}: Jaw-droppingly vehement. They even had book-burnings for a while.
* HonestJohnsDealership: A chapter describes a car dealership that sells old, crappy cars at outrageous prices to the migrating farmers.
* InherentInTheSystem: Chasing the tenants off their land is something nobody really wants, but yet it's done, because the financial system doesn't allow an alternative.
-->The bank is something else than men. It happens that every man in a bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it.
* 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.
* JustFollowingOrders: The tractor driver who talks to Muley Graves notes that Graves' anger to him for betraying his people is all very well, but he has a family to feed as well; if he quits in outrage, all that'll happen is the banks will hire someone else to do his job, and he and his family will merely end up starving along with everyone else.
* LastSecondChance: Casy attempts this on a strikebreaker, who promptly [[TalkToTheFist bashes his head in]].
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: From Julia Ward Howe's hymn, which in turn was inspired by [[AsTheGoodBookSays Revelation 14:19–20]].
* LuddWasRight: Zig-zagged. The farmers are driven away from their lands because a man with a tractor can do the work of a dozen families. Working the land with tractors is described negatively; people lose contact with the land, and become machine-like, unfeeling, uncaring. However, it's later stated that the real problem is not technology, but that the people who work the land don't own it.
-->Is a tractor bad? Is the power that turns the long furrows wrong? If this tractor were ours it would be good—not mine, but ours. If our tractor turned the long furrows of our land, it would be good. Not my land, but ours. We could love that tractor then as we have loved this land when it was ours.
* MessianicArchetype: Jim Casy, Tom Joad at the end.
* MyGreatestFailure: In the book, John's wife had died years before after what he'd dismissed as a stomachache turned out to be much more serious. His every action is driven by remorse and atonement, and his self-hatred is such that even other characters consider it {{Wangst}}.
--> Uncle John shook his head over his plate. "Don't look like we're a-gonna get shet of this here. I bet it's my sin."
--> "Oh, shut up!" Pa cried. "We ain't got the time for your sin."
* NoEnding: Tom is gone, a fugitive, and what's left of the Joad family is still in California, their fate uncertain.
* ThePromisedLand: California. Subverted in the fact that everyone else had the same idea of going there, and the Okies are blocked from getting anything decent out of it, forcing them to settle with labor camps.
* PunchClockVillain: virtually every baddie. {{Discussed}} in a tragicomic scene where a fellow forced off his farm tries to figure out who he should shoot in revenge.
* RabbleRouser: The corrupt Sheriff's department sends agitators to try to cause a riot at the government-run workers' camp. The workers spot the agitators and see them off without trouble.
* SecretlyWealthy: Two unnamed characters discuss this trope. The conversation mostly serves to highlight how ridiculous the trope sounded during the Great Depression, when a substantial part of the population had trouble affording food.
* ShooOutTheClowns: As the Great Depression starts hitting the Joads, it's Tom's bumbling, senile grandparents who are the first to die.
* ShootTheShaggyDog
* SignificantMonogram: Jim Casy.
* TitleDrop: Comes at the end of the 25th chapter: "In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage."
* UnnamedParent: Tom's parents are referred as Ma and Pa. Pa's name is also Tom, but Ma's name is never revealed.
* WalkingTheEarth: Tom Joad at the end.
** Could almost be the TropeNamer.
* 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.
* WhatIsEvil: Casy provides a rare heroic example. He believes in helping others, but he's no longer so certain that there's anything wrong with, say, free love.

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