Christian Ideals in The Grapes of Wrath Essay

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The Christian Ideals in The Grapes of Wrath   In Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath one of the themes discussed is the idea of Christian goodness exhibited in the Joads and other migrant workers. Those in the book representing this * "[eat] together with glad and sincere hearts." This type of selfless sharing is a Christian concept of good fellowship. Particularly, Ma shows her caring towards others from the beginning and urges others to do the same. Jim Casy, while struggling with the orthodox view of Christianity, still displays a general concern for his fellow man. Repeatedly the family and others associated sacrifice comfort for the requirements of others. When people are in need, a sacrifice for their behalf makes society…show more content…
His initials, J.C., stand for Jesus Christ, continuing the sacrificial nature of the characters in the book. When Tom is about to be arrested, Casy allows himself to be taken saying: "Somebody got to take the blame." He sets an example for Tom to follow later and takes the punishment for Tom's crime, which is reminiscent of Jesus' purpose on earth. Also like Jesus, Casy gives his life for the people, thought they most likely do not appreciate the gift, leading them and also trying to convince others realize their the results of their actions. While many do not understand how their shortsightedness "[helps] to starve kids," Casy extends his view and sacrifices of his time and eventually of his life to ameliorate the situations of the migrant farmers. Jim Casy leaves the legacy of Christian sacrifice to the other characters, and after he is gone, the choice to work together is up to those still alive. Once in California, the comprehension is displayed that comfort should not be valued over the need of others. In the Hooverville, the Joads are faced with a dilemma as starving children gather around Ma while she is fixing their dinner. Albeit they "[don't] have enough" for themselves, they nevertheless save a taste for the children. When the mother of the offspring comes to Ma, the Joad explains that they "[couldn't] keep it when they look [like that]." The Joads give up their comfort of a good meal to 3 give a little to the children. Later in the government camp,
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