Life In The Great Depression

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Film/Book Critique “The Grapes of Wrath” “The American Dream and the Great Depression” “The Grapes of Wrath” movie accurately captures moments of the historical period during the Great Depression and it shapes national identity in many ways. It depicts turbulent events in American life such as the struggle for survival which significantly alters the definition of American Dream. Historical content embedded in “The Grapes of Wrath” serves as a visual means of understanding and accepting things as they are during the Great Depression. Moreover, the movie reflects important inspirational strategy for survival during hardships which is faith and hope for better life. In addition, the movie portrays the American Dream as a way to sustain a living rather than achieving success through materialistic means. In “The Grapes of Wrath” movie, an Arizona family having lost their house decides to move to California in search for a new start. The family hopes to make a living in a completely new state. However, leaving Arizona does not improve their economic situation. The family is constantly migrating in search for survival while the job market remains very limited. Charles Hearn the author of “The American Dream in the Great Depression” argues that depression years had classified “little men” as heroes and put emphasis on security over advancement and spiritual values over material values. Moreover, he makes an important observation on the change in the American Dream in the history of United States. The stock market crash of 1929 impacted American families financially as well as psychologically. The rising unemployment and lack of adequate food and shelter were nonetheless circumstances inevitable by majority of Americans. The suicidal rates had gone up since the crash as well as domestic violence and substance abuse. Social response to this was encouragement for
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