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Searching for the Ghost of Tom Joad: An ideological Analysis of the Lyrics on Bruce Springsteen's record The Ghost of Tom Joad
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
2008 (English)Student paper otherStudent thesis
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The essay is an ideological study of Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics on the album The Ghost of Tom Joad. The main focus is on the ideas about American society with two main themes: the American dream and the working class hero. The aim is to trace the moral vision expressed in the lyrics. This is done by quoting certain parts of the different songs on the album, followed by comments on what the lyrics can be said to represent. The main character on the album is Tom Joad, who Springsteen uses, inspired by a character in John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath. The essay contains a brief description of the historical context of the 1930s, and if and how the symbolic meaning of Tom Joad has changed from the 1930s to the 1990s. The conclusion of the essay shows how Springsteen’s lyrics focus on the problems that the American nation has, and how the lyrics creates awareness among people to take an ethical stand. Through the lyrics Springsteen provides hope and encouragement to people struggling in an unfair society. Tom Joad is still a symbol of a human being with collective awareness; what has changed from the 1930s to the 1990s is that American society has become even tougher to survive in if you are an outsider.

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2008. , 15 p.
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Bruce Springsteen, American dream, textanalys, Tom Joad
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-1834OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-1834DiVA: diva2:260
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Available from: 2008-11-28 Created: 2008-09-09 Last updated: 2008-11-28Bibliographically approved

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