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What connections are present between John Steinbeck's To a God Unknown and the movie...

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copelmat | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted April 19, 2010 at 11:54 AM via web

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What connections are present between John Steinbeck's To a God Unknown and the movie Far and Away?

What connections are present between John Steinbeck's To a God Unknown and the movie Far and Away?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:38 PM (Answer #2)

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Well, for one, the main character's name is Joseph in both the book and the movie.  Joseph in both movies received a blessing from his dying father and has a connection to the land...feeling that the land is what makes a man who he is.

In the book, the entire story takes place in the United States with emphasis on California where Joseph stakes his claim.

In the movie, the action begins in Ireland, where Joseph and his family lose their land due to inability to pay the landlord's rent.  Joseph takes passage to America, and after many trials and tribulations, he does make it out west to declare his claim on the land he so desperately wants and needs.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 11, 2012 at 1:32 PM (Answer #5)

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I would say that thematically both the book and the movie are about the importance of land. They both explore the relationship between a man and his land. Land is symbolic, especially in America. It means a future, and independence. It is the American Dream.

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