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In John Steinbecks novel The Grapes of Wrath Jim Casy is depicted as a philosophical Christ-like teacher who triumphs over the evils of society A literal interpretation of Emersons philosophy gave birth to Casys new doctrine of Love As he evolves from a preacher of the old to a practitioner of the new some believe that Jim Casy demonstrates remarkable similarities to Jesus Christ These similarities are impressed upon not only Tom Joad but also an entire group of oppressed workers that had little hope of a better life Ninety-three years before Jim Casy Ralph Waldo Emerson left the church because of his unorthodox views of the religion he was teaching He then began to teach a new religion The world lacks unity because man is disunited with himselfLove is its demand Carpenter 9 Casy followed Emersons path as well as a literal interpretation of his concept of the over-soul Jims American Transcendentalist beliefs are first stated early in the novel while he speaks with his prodigy Tom Joad Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesusmaybe its all men an all women we love maybe thats the Holy Sperit -- the human sperit -- the whole shebang Steinbeck 31 Casy becomes like Emerson a preacher of loving mankind and appreciating one another Both of these men believed that every individual will trust those instincts which he shares with all men even when these conflict with the teachings of orthodox religion and of existing society Carpenter 14 In keeping with his Emerson inspired beliefs Casy left the church because his beliefs went against what orthodox religion taught Sex is an evil thing to conventional Christians Casy disagreed with this interpretation He often had sex with women after he got them frothin with the Holy Sperit with the sermons he preached Steinbeck 29 What Jim was doing bothered him because in his mind he felt that his actions were wrong He didnt
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