Grapes of Wrath Movie vs. Book
The loss of home became one loss, and the golden time in the West was one dream” (Chapter 17). With the earlier explained idea of the survival of the fittest, it was most advantageous for all who were struggling to help each other out and beat the odds together. The fourth idea that was made extremely evident at the end of the book was the importance of being resilient. After countless mishaps, deaths, and struggles, the Joads never stopped helping others. Despite their continuous struggles, they always showed resilience and found a way to lend a helping hand. When Ma Joad made stew for the family after setting up at a new camp, starving children eyed her. Instead of saving leftovers for the family, she selflessly fed the children, “You little fellas go an' get you each a flat stick an' I'll put what's lef' for you. But they ain't to be no fightin'." The group broke up with a deadly, silent swiftness. Children ran to find sticks” (Chapter 20). Even more honorable was Rose of Sharon at the end of the book, who breast-fed a dying, malnourished man despite her heartbreak of giving birth to a stillborn baby. This last scene undoubtedly inspires readers to find the good in people, especially those who can be as resilient as the Joads, who continued to give to others even when their situation was terrible.
Ford’s version of The Grapes of Wrath was similar to Steinbeck’s novel in a few ways. The dialect was authentic and brought the audience