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Transcript of Tom Joad:

Tom Joad:
A Literary Hero
The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck
Published in 1939
Made into a film in 1940

Tom Joad

Tom Joad, the hero in
The Grapes of Wrath
, “becomes a mythic embodiment of the American ‘people,’ survivors who defeat all
attempts of ‘the system’ to crush them."

Concerned about others

Tom Joad becomes a labor organizer after realizing that "a feller ain't got a soul of his own, but only a piece of a big soul."

Bruce Springsteen
“The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen

Men walkin' long the railroad tracks
Goin' someplace there's no goin' back
Highway Patrol choppers comin' up over the ridge
Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge
Shelter line stretchin' round the corner
Welcome to the new world order
Families sleepin' in their cars in the Southwest
No home, no job, no peace, no rest.


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The Hero's Journey of
Tom Joad

Tom Joad's...
Ordinary World
Unknown World

"Ghost of Tom Joad"
by Bruce Springsteen
Road to California
Grapes of Wrath
Joad family lives on a farm
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