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Is Tom Joad overdetermined?

Posted by Cindy Chan on November 14, 2001 at 16:58:34:

I believe that the director of Grapes of Wrath wanted to convey to his audience a sense of overdeterminism. When Tom first is released from prison, he is the typical Neoclassical maximizer that is until he became the nucleus of his family. Experiencing the injustice with his family completely altered his views on life. The death of his grandfather and grandmother, the dust bowls, Yulie's story, Casey's death and many more add to this new outlook on life. Like Joe in It's A Wonderful Life, Tom realizes his self-importance. His speech in the end was what probably grabbed the oscar (did he? Feel free to correct me.)




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