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Grapes of Wrath and the Great Depression The Grapes of Wrath is a powerful novel which is based on the 1930s Great Depression John Steinbeck writes about the enduring struggle to find work inside of America The Grapes of Wrath accurately portrays the time frame well with the setting and the competition for jobs Not only does it explain the events of the Great Depression well but it also brings new and detailed information to the audience In the beginning of the film Tom the main character tries to find his long lost family after being released from jail When he arrives at the farm the entire plane is completely empty The text claims that during the Great Depression farmers could not afford to buy seed to grow wheat in the empty acres of soil Also the film showed that houses were being torn down because the Joabs could not pay their debts The book proves this to be true by stating Between 1929 and 1932 about 400000 farms were lost through foreclosure When the Joabs arrive at their first camp they were not welcomed Hordes of unemployed people frowned at the thought of more competition for the next harvesting job Staticians have estimated that 25 of America was unemployed The movie scene was actually very realistic Although the books statements were all accurate new information was discovered while watching Grapes of Wrath At the very end of the movie the Joads began to live in a camp that provided them with food jobs and a water supply It was interesting to know that there were camps that were run by communists It was also noted that when the Joads tried to find work in California they were regarded as Okies because they came from Oklahoma During the Joads first arrival at California a man was speaking the truth behind the surreal job advertisements At that point a police officer made a complete story up
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