The trip to California shapes her into an even stronger woman, where she is willing to stand up to police in hopes of protecting her family. Reverend Jim Casy A onetime preacher who too often succumbed to temptation, Casy left the ministry when he realized that he did not believe in absolute ideas of sin. At first the families were timid in the building and tumbling worlds, but gradually the technique of building worlds became their technique. Animals play an important symbolic role throughout this novel. He grants her the authority to become the matriarch and leader of her family. New York: Penguin Group, 1939. We don't look up to nobody.
We could love that tractor then as we have loved this land when it was ours. Tom: I know, Ma, I'm tryin' to. . He promises he will then find the family again. If I was to pray, I'd pray for folks that's alive and don't know which way to turn. Lesson Summary Ma Joad does not just run the home in Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath. Ma keeps her self-control when Ruthie tells some children about Tom's secret.
Maybe,' I figgered, 'maybe it's all men an' all women we love; maybe that's the Holy Sperit-the human sperit-the whole shebang. Woman of Steel At the beginning of the story, we hear how the Joad's were pushed off their farm due to the inability to pay the bank what they owed. She keeps the family moving. But when a bunch of men take an' lock you up four years, it ought to have some meaning. There is just stuff people do. This passage foreshadows events, which are about to come for the Joad family. The first time we see this side of his personality is when Pa insists on taking the dogs to California, despite the fact it would be difficult to feed them.
Of course, in 1940, Ford could not film much of the graphic squalor described in the novel. An' when our folks eat the stuff they raise an' live in the houses they build, why, I'll be there. They ain't gonna wipe us out. The union organizer feels this method would work at the big farms also. And tractors turning the multiple furrows in the vacant land. Steinbeck stresses the fact that the economic system victimizes all classes. But the machine man, driving the dead tractor on land he does not know and love, understands only chemistry.
There ain't nobody ever comin' back. When he reaches California and does not find work, he immediately becomes disillusioned and abandons his pregnant wife. That's why I can't ever be a Preacher again. For example, the film cannot show a starving hobo suckling at the breast of a young Rose of Sharon, who has milk to spare following the death of her baby. There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue.
And—oof—that gets us every time. She puts very little emphasis on it so that Rose of Sharon will take her lead and just move on, as they have all had to do time and again. I'm scared somepin ain't so nice about it. If Casy knowed, why, I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad an' - I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry an' they know supper's ready. Agent: I can't help that.
Overall Pa is a pretty awesome guy. Ma's success can be attributed to superb self-control, forcefulness, and selflessness. The book ends on a note of hope and compassion, because Rosasharn, who has just endured the traumatic loss of her child, finds in herself the strength to put aside her own feelings to save the life of a total stranger. Ma does not become petulant in her new role. He died the minute you took 'm off the place. Tom: I didn't know, Ma.
What does the setting of the opening scene suggest about the rest of the novel? If our tractor turned the long furrows of our land, it would be good. He leaves the family to live in isolation from society, supporting himself by catching fish. She lies to the guard, saying Granma feels very sick and needs a doctor. They looked to each other for support and comfort, which gave them the feeling of being a part of a community that was always on the move. Those who were dependent on their farmland to provide for their families became imposed by coercion to retreat and re-locate their entire families.