Contributions may work across traditional field boundaries; authors represent the full range of institutional types. This is clearly reminiscent of how Moses was sent down the river in the Old Testament. If you could separate causes from results, if you could know that , , , were results, not causes, you might survive. Through these methods, Steinbeck weaves a web in which religion is presented as a double-edged blade; one can go to the path of being truly a devout, kind person, or one can choose the path of zealously, condemning all who would oppose or go against their views. The other two novels in this Trilogy are In Dubious Battle and Of Mice and Men. First of all, it will be argued that the Joads undergo the biblical story of Exodus in this novel.
One such novel is The Grapes of Wrath. This seems to draw a parallel between the twelve Joads and the twelve tribes of Israel. Casy is in point of fact a Christ-like figure. The Grapes of Wrath is, essentially, an exodus story, one which carries the structure of the Biblical Exodus: captivity, journey, Promised Land. Her pregnancy is a marker of hope and new beginnings as the Joads set out for California.
He is a Christ-like figure and is based on. This time was especially challenging as there was no food or water, and the heat was immense. Socialism is the helping of the laboring class; more so it is the uprising and asserting of power of the laboring class. From the title to the final scene, Steinbek's novel depends greatly on the universally known stories of the Bible. In the following, this paper will deal with the function of biblical symbols in The Grapes of Wrath.
More importantly, Casy is the person with the most ties to organized religion that we meet in the novel. The Joads and many other people have the same idea and are moving in hopes of finding work. The bank owners and tractor operators symbolize the soliders from the bible that helped Jesus to his death. Not only did he also begin his long trek after a stay in the wilderness, he also had rejected an old religion to try and find his own version of the gospel and convince people to follow him. This symbolism is even more obvious when taking each event as a whole; the story starts off in the desert and progresses into the flood and the cleansing of the world.
People in the Bible weren't perfect, thus, neither were Steinbeck's parallels of these people. Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The song — and to a lesser extent, the other songs on the album — draws comparisons between the and modern times. Her given name is never learned; it is suggested that her maiden name was Hazlett. This inhumanity and apathy is seen in the Hoovervilles, the starving children, the lack of work, the disposing of fruit while the people starve…the whole novel, actually. By working together and feeling empathy for one another, the workers create an resilience that is manifold and stronger than just individual will.
Buying a truck, the twelve Joads fill it with their possessions and their hopes, and head west in search of the Promised Land; in this case, California, where workers are needed to pick grapes. The novel emphasizes the fact that the resolve of human beings to fight for their rights is absolutely essential to maintain their dignity. The role of Christianity in the novel is what allowed people to keep going, but sin and guilt is a role in it as well because if the migrating poor gave up and stopped going, they would feel a degree of guilt. The novel calls for unity and collective action. This is tied to religion because not only can it be argued that the farmers and landowners are sinning, but it can be argued that the farmers and landowners still have faith that the worker hired is still going to take the job simply because he is desperate for it. There are two important events in the novel that bring all of these Biblical feelings to a head.
Perhaps Steinbeck was referring to a cleansing of the Joad's lives and the hope for the future. She is the only character in the novel that appears to be flawless on every level, not just as someone who does monotonous chores throughout the story. A very important and symbolic character in this novel is of course the former preacher Jim Casy who has become unsure of his belief. However, he is always ruminating about God, and brings the story of God and Jesus to the Joads and others that he meets on his journey. When Tom is first introduced, he is portrayed as a negative character. The women folk in the migrant population believe that their husbands, sons and brothers fear starvation and suffering.
Casy continues a relationship with Tom and the rest of the Joads as they embark on a journey to California in the hopes of prosperity and possibly excess. He felt guilty about the death of his young wife years before, and has been prone to binges involving alcohol and prostitutes, but is generous with his goods. Through the course of the novel, Casy is doing just that. The way in which the baby's corpse was disposed off had hints of Moses' character from the Bible. The big corporate farmers are in collusion and smaller farmers suffer from collapsing prices. It is Ma Joad who assumes the responsibility of the entire family, breaching all norms of traditionally patriarch society, and successfully looking after everyone's needs. This is the second major way that Steinbeck uses symbolism in this story.