Many times society looks back at history and often identifies themes that characterize certain decades. In the 1920s more typically known as the “Roaring Twenties” were characterized by prosperity, indulgence, and leisure. Meanwhile, the 1930s were popular for the name “Dirty Thirties” were characterized by economic catastrophe, hopelessness, depression, and hardships that came with the Great Depression. Both of these decades, the 20s and 30s, are portrayed through classic American films such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Fitzgerald portrays the idea of a “city on a hill” and a zest for life which was so common in the 1920s. Steinbeck’s shows us the suffering and hardships that many Americans had to overcome during the 1930s. Through the production of film both Fitzgerald and Steinbeck powerfully resemble the importance of humanities that reflect the “spirit” of their time.