Plato's Allegory Of The Cave And The Grapes Of Wrath

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The World is Always Changing Ma had been detained for seven years after being kidnapped by a rapist psychopath and installed in a tiny shed. For five years she has raised a child, Jack, in this small room, attempting to cope with her dehumanizing circumstances while making Jack’s strange, claustrophobic world as intelligible to him as possible. The movie “Room” parallels with The Grapes of Wrath because they both have Plato’s overarching theme of the Allegory of the Cave. In John Steinbeck's novel, he shows the readers that the world we live in, is a cave. Steinbeck makes us think about the problems in our world then, and how they relate to our world now. Jim Casy is outside of the cave, and is able to teach Tom Joad important lessons…show more content…
At this point, Tom had taken the next step into the Allegory of the Cave, taking the walkway to go explore the world. Towards the end of the book, Casy protests for higher wages and better working conditions. The strike upsets big business and causes people to hunt him down. They find him in a cave and before Tom could even realize it, Casy is killed by a “club crashed into the side of his head..” (386). Steinbeck needed to kill Casy in order to get his message, sacrifice equals change, across. Steinbeck created the character Jim Casy, as a reference to Jesus Christ, to make him a leader that everyone believed in. Soon after Casy dies, Ma and Tom are debating on where Tom should go to find safety. Tom quotes part of a phrase that Casy used to tell him: "Two are better than one...For if they fall, the one will lif' up his fellow"(418). Jim Casy had successfully taken Tom out of the cave, he had convinced him that the world outside of the cave was better than he had ever imagined. Casy taught Tom that the world needed to work together in order for change to happen, even if it meant sacrifice. The bank is a huge economic problem, it has causes people to turn against each other and controls most of the world. Most of the characters in the Grapes of Wrath have defined “the Bank or the Company [as] a monster” (31). The bank is a big business, it takes money and barely gives any back. The bank was it’s own type of cave, that had all of its workers

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