BC: Gabe Cohen Period 1
FC: Connections between the Grapes of Wrath and Dinosaur | By Gabe Cohen
1: This is the paradise that the Joad family came upon on arrival to the valleys of California. The family had a moment of awe while gazing upon the abundant orchards and fields of fruit and crops. | After days and days of traveling, the dinosaurs finally reach their safe, paradise destination. This scene of their arrival is reminiscent of the Joads arrival to California.
2: The group of dinosaurs that the film follows are on a mission to escape their destroyed home. They travel across desert and forest, hill and vale, in order to reach a safe haven where they can live and survive happily.
3: The Joad family, all gathered in one truck, travel the famed Route 66 in order to find a better life. Departing Oklahoma after being kicked off their land by the bank, the family spend days upon days together driving across the open plain and over the craggy mountains of the Southwest
4: This is the firestorm that sent the pack of dinosaurs away from their home. they all had to pick up and move because of a higher power which is in this case, Mother Nature.
5: This pack of harvesters represents the bank as a huge machine that was unrelenting to many families whose livelihood was dependent on their farm. The bank took over the land and removed people like the Joads from the land that they had been working for generations.
6: Grapes Passage | "They drove through Tehachaopi in the morning glow, and the sun came up behind them, and then - suddenly they saw the great valley below them. Al jammed on the brake and stopped in the middle of the road and, 'Jesus Christ! Look!' he said. the vineyards, the orchards, the great flat valley, green and beautiful, the trees set in rows, and the farm houses."
7: "And Pa said, 'God Almighty!' The distant cities, the little towns in the orchard land, and the morning sun, golden on the valley." "The grain fields golden in the morning, and the willow lines, the eucalyptus trees in rows." "The peach trees and the walnut groves, and the dark green patches orf oranges. And red roofs amond the trees, the barns - rich barns." | page 227, Steinbeck
8: Though the characters are different in that in Grapes they are people and in Dinosaur they are dinosaurs, the will to survive and continue living is a constant theme that is visible throughout each. The dinosaurs and the Joads travel across thousands of miles to arrive at a place that offers them hope and the possibility of a fresh, new beginning.