Printed for the first time in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath was quickly turned into a viral book. The Pulitzer Prize (1940) is a worthy award that John Steinbeck received from this work. This is a novel on the topic of oppressive unfairness of American society to the poor people. Stenbeck described the struggle to protect the dignity and family from the disaster, nature and the economic crisis of the 1930s.
The story tells the ups and downs of the Joad family’s journey from the poor countryside in the deserted Dust Bowl of Oklahoma, moving to the promised land of California. They were hired farmers, because of starvation had to sell their land to join the crowd going west to find food. In that journey, many families have died from fatigue, hunger, disease … The Load family and those on the same journey must establish a small society. When they arrived in California, they realized that their hardships could not end: the work here was a shock and in exchange for an extremely low income. The Joad family suffered from the abuse of the labor of farm owners – the rich and powerful and the exploitation of organized businesses.
The Grapes of Wrath is written in a very natural, attractive and engaging narrative. Although it is a fictional story, it truly reflects history through the social context that the writer has put into the work. This is a voice protesting against American society in the economic crisis period of the 30s of the last century when the poor status was overlooked, they were turned into working tools…
The work through a story but highly generalized for a period of American history should be considered the best work of John Steinbeck and the classic work of American literature. The work is also included in the US education system.
The Grapes of Wrath were adapted into a film in 1940 by John Ford and 20th Century-Fox. The film also achieved great success when it won two Oscars and was ranked among the ten best films of all time in the United States. You can find more of this film because the film is also built based on respect for the main content of the novel.