The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck Essay

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During the beginning of the 1930s, the Great Depression occurred as a result of the stock market crashing. This depression ravaged the United States economy and caused bleakness and distrust in the people. Added with the perceived threat of communism and, any who sought to go against the government or the high-class (such as the banks), were likely jailed and or beaten on the grounds of anti-Americanism. The novel, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, perfectly emulates the rising strife and disparity in America during the Great Depression through the character of Jim Casy. Jim Casy is a guide who acts as a moral compass for the migrating Joad family, while along in the migration, he struggles to cope with his hopelessness along with his rejection of faith in God, his skepticism in the good of humanity, his revelation/progression to a man who fights for the rights of labourers, and unionization of workers. Jim Casy’s journey of him started out as a priest to a distraught, lost, and wayward soul looking for answers, to a man with larger than life ambition. As Casy transitions toward communism becomes more apparent, his journey represents how sometimes change doesn’t always have to be from one single event or through a life changing moment, but the actions and consequences of what we do drive us to progressively change to our ideal state. In the novel, we are introduced to Jim Casy as Tom Joad arrives back to his old town after getting out of prison. In this scene,
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