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JC Jim Casy JC Jesus Christ A man sat on the ground leaning against the trunk of the tree His legs were crossed and one barefoot extended nearly as high as his head Pg 25 That comfortable man was Jim Casy At this point in the book Tom Joad meets the ex-preacher Tom invites Casy along with him to find his family once they find the rest of the Joads Casy is invited to go on the journey to California with them in hopes of prosperity Casys initial introduction of a comfortable simple man is truly a misleading understatement of his true character Jim Casy is a very complex and dynamic man He has an almost a Christ-like existence Jim Casy is an interesting and complicated man He can be seen as a modern day Christ figure minus the belief in the Christian faith The initials of his name JC are the same as Jesus Christ Casy was hailed and respected by many for being a preacher Casy and Jesus both saw a common goodness in the average man and saw every person as holy Both Christ and Casy faced struggles between their ideals versus the real world Despite Casys honesty goodness and loyalty to all men he would not earn a meal or warm place to stay Although Jesus had many followers still others opposed his preaching Casy once said I gotta see them folks thats gone out on the road I gotta feelin I got to see them They gonna need help no preachin can give em Hope of heaven when their lives aint lived Holy Sperit when their own sperit is downcast an sad Casy wished to reach out to others in spite of his own troubles He wanted to give them sprit hope and rejuvenate their souls Jesus too felt that need When Casy is saying grace in chapter eight he compares himself to Jesus I been in
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