Pinterest John Steinbeck at home in Sag Harbour inshortly after the announcement that he had won the Nobel prize award for literature. Tom Joad has just been paroled from prison. Simultaneously, his family have lost their farm to the bank.
Plot[ edit ] The narrative begins just after Tom Joad is paroled from McAlester prisonwhere he had been imprisoned after being convicted of homicide. On his return to his home near Sallisaw, OklahomaTom meets former preacher Jim Casy, whom he remembers from his childhood, and the two travel together.
When they arrive at Tom's childhood farm home, they find it deserted. Disconcerted and confused, Tom and Casy meet their old neighbor, Muley Graves, who tells them the family has gone to stay at Uncle John Joad's home nearby.
Graves tells them that the banks have evicted all the farmers, but he refuses to leave the area. The next morning, Tom and Casy go to Uncle John's.
Tom finds his family loading their remaining possessions into a Hudson Motor Car Company sedan converted to a truck; with their crops destroyed by the Dust Bowlthe family has defaulted on their bank loans, and their farm has been repossessed.
Consequently, the Joads see no option but to seek work in California, described in handbills as fruitful and offering high pay. The Joads put everything they have into making the journey.
Although leaving Oklahoma would violate his parole, Tom decides it is worth the risk, and invites Casy to join him and his family. Traveling west on Route 66the Joad family find the road crowded with other migrants. In makeshift camps, they hear many stories from others, some returning from California, and the group worries about lessening prospects.
The family dwindles as well: Grandpa dies along the road, and they bury him in a field; Grandma dies close to the California state line; and both Noah the eldest Joad son and Connie Rivers the husband of the pregnant Joad daughter, Rose of Sharon leave the family.
Led by Ma, the remaining members realize they can only continue, as nothing is left for them in Oklahoma. Reaching California, they find the state oversupplied with labor ; wages are low, and workers are exploited to the point of starvation.
The big corporate farmers are in collusion and smaller farmers suffer from collapsing prices. Weedpatch Campone of the clean, utility-supplied camps operated by the Resettlement Administrationa New Deal agency, offers better conditions but does not have enough resources to care for all the needy families.
Nonetheless, as a Federal facility, the camp protects the migrants from harassment by California deputies. You can't scare him — he has known a fear beyond every other. The remaining Joads work as strikebreakers in a peach orchard, where Casy is involved in a strike that eventually turns violent.
When Tom Joad witnesses Casy's fatal beating, he kills the attacker and flees as a fugitive. The Joads later leave the orchard for a cotton farm, where Tom is at risk of being arrested for the homicide.
Tom bids his mother farewell and promises to work for the oppressed. Rose of Sharon's baby is stillborn. Ma Joad remains steadfast and forces the family through the bereavement. With rain, the Joads' dwelling is flooded and they move to higher ground.
In the final chapter of the book, the family takes shelter from the flood in an old barn. Inside they find a young boy and his father, who is dying of starvation. Rose of Sharon takes pity on the man and offers him her breast milk to save him from starvation.
Characters[ edit ] Tom Joad: Protagonist of the story; the Joad family's second son, named after his father. Later on, Tom takes leadership of the family even though he is young. Practical and warm-spirited, she tries to hold the family together.
Her given name is never learned; it is suggested that her maiden name was Hazlett.
Patriarch, also named Tom, age The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Early in the s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village () and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez ()/5.
The Grapes of Wrath grew out of a series of newspaper articles on the California migrant workers entitled The Harvest Gypsies that Steinbeck published in the San Francisco News (illustrated with photographs by Dorothea Lange) from 5 to 12 October, Writing at the height of the Depression, Steinbeck was on fire with his subject.
The Grapes of Wrath won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Early in the s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village () and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez ()/5(K).
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In John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad and his family are forced from their farm in the Depression-era Oklahoma Dust Bowl and set out for .
Essay The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck. Power of Determination In his novel, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck illustrates the struggle between the working class and the upper class through the discrimination between the migrants and the landowners.
The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in /5.