The Grapes Of Wrath Rhetorical Analysis

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The Oversoul by Ralph Waldo Emerson ideas directly tie into The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The main idea in the Oversoul is that everyone and everything are connected in a certain way. Emerson also stresses the fact that people need to switch from the I to the we mentality. This along with unity come out a great deal in The Grapes of Wrath. A persons individual efforts cannot secede the work of a group of people that all have the same end means in mind.
One quote from The Oversoul that for me really sums up what Emerson is trying to say is in the beginning of his essay. " Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to watch every part and particle is equally related; the eternal ONE." This quote tells us that everyone is connected in some way to one another. When Emerson says the external one and uses all capital letters for the word one he's stressing the fact that we are all connected. Many people may not initially see it that way but we were all made in Gods image which connects us all to one another. The Oversoul on earth is mostly believed to be god becasue every living thing on earth has a peice on God in it and that's one way that we are all connected. Transcendentalism is mentioned a lot in The Oversoul. In The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck refers to the lifeless tractors kicking people off their land. The idea of The Oversoul is that people should have a connection with their land and it shouldn't be about making the
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