Introduction

By viewing the trailer for John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath (1940) one can grasp what the novel and the film meant to U.S. citizens in the early 20th Century. John Steinbeck’s novel, published in 1939, held great importance as a social commentary and to undertake such a film project almost inextricably connected whoever was involved in the film to that point of view. In order to better understand the film this site will examine closely John Ford’s interpretation of John Steinbeck’s novel and what he considered to be important in the telling of the story. Having the benefit of being produced around the time the novel is set, The Grapes of Wrath is often held in high regard for its accurate historical depiction of a turbulent time in the United States. So, this site will also analyze the historical value of the film as a primary and secondary source about the times.


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-Shannon Hauser

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