American Litterature and Film

What, if any, are the commonalities between the depictions of the Everyman (i.e., everyday) hero in The Grapes of Wrath and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and what does this suggest about the ideal(s) of heroism for their creators?

Answers should interrogate the question through discussion of both the literary and filmic components of the related pair. Papers need not make use of any outside material beyond the primary sources and possible lecture matter in justifying their answers. Papers will be evaluated on their ability to establish a claim, to support that claim using evidence from the texts
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John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, dir. Frank Capra (1939)

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