Grapes of Wrath

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How does John Steinbeck portray Jim Casey as a Christ figure in his novel, The Grapes of Wrath? In his novel, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck brings a variety of diverse characters to the reader. The majority of these characters' individuality lies within whom they symbolize. What I'm trying to say is that the character in the novel represents another being outside of the novel. For example, the former preacher Jim Casey who is also a good friend of the Joads may to some readers represent Jesus Christ. In the novel, Jim Casey brings along religious stability and hope to the families migrating West. I believe there are many "hints" or ways that Steinbeck shows this representation throughout the novel, and in this report I will…show more content…
In Chapter Twenty of the novel, the Joads arrive at Hooverville, a large and dirty camp full of hungry migrants. There is a fight regarding contracts and available jobs, and a deputy fires his gun at a man who tries to run away. When the deputy starts to chase the man, Tom Joad trips the deputy and knocks him unconscious. When backup police arrive, Jim Casey takes the blame in order to prevent Tom from going to jail. This is another example of how Casey and Jesus Christ are alike. Even if they are innocent, they take the blame for a friend who is in need. With all of this evidence that has been given, there are many more that lie within the words of John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath. He makes a clear representation of Jim Casey as the Jesus Christ of the Great Depression era. The author uses his character of Jim Casey as an icon to portray the importance of religion in peoples' lives in times of hardship, pain, sorrow, etc. John Steinbeck is also showing the amazing strength capable when a family unites in faith with

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