IRP: Grapes of Wrath
Ryan Wallace Period 3
Similarities and differences between the novel and film:
Also mentioned heavily throughout the novel Steinbeck uses political references and are cut from the film due to the Red Scare which caused many directors uneasy to include them. Also, the novel focuses more heavily on the people and the land the people lose from the tractors that push them off their land. Whereas, the film focuses more on the Joads than anybody else.
Similarities: In the novel and the film they both use vivid imagery to describe/picture the events that the Joads face. Obviously the similarities are mainly shown in the novel but the minut details are glossed over quickly, while in the novel one detail could take at least thrity pages like the death of Grandpa Joad.
Why might the director have approached the film the way he did? Is it for the betterment of the work?
Consider critical acclaim for both the novel and the film. How do outside sources feel about each individually? Both?
When, The Grapes of Wrath was first published to the public it was often praised for the insight into the lives of the farm workers, known as the Okies, and criticized for the pro Communist beliefs that are believed to be written by Steinbeck in the novel. Ultimately, just what The Jungle did for inhumane working conditions of poor immigrants and unfair wages, Steinbeck portrayed the unfair treatment and conditions of the farmworkers in California.
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Penguin, 1997. Print.