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One interpretation of the poem by Gwendolyn Brooks titled The Explorer is that the speaker of the poem is on a journey in his mind in search for his true self Many people explore themselves in order to define who they are why they are here and what their role in life is some more than others In John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath a novel about the hardships of the migrant workers who travel to California this same theme of search for self is developed chiefly through the comparison of two of the novels main characters Jim Casy and Tom Joad When the reader first meets Casy he hasnt been seen by anyone for quite a while he went off alone an now he aint so sure of a lot of things 28 Casy had been searching in solitude in the wilderness as Jesus and Moses did so that he will not be interrupted That long time alone though didnt get him any close to the something he needed in order to complete his search for self Casy like any other explorer was unsure of what his role was now that he wasnt a preacher anymore He is left confused between not knowing what he was prayin to or for and not being ale to stop himself from seeing the relationship between man and nature as holy 110 Tom on the other hand in the beginning of the novel didnt seem to put much thought into this search for self His apathetic attitude toward religion reflected his attitude towards Casy and the preachers philosophical speeches especially when he picks the Psalm out of the scripture and calls it blowed full of religion 195 At some point in the novel though both characters must have regarded each other as a relatively influential person since they discuss matters and note their differences Tom lays his dogs down one at a time while Casy
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