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this was for a practice ap essay The Grapes of Wrath written by John Steinbeck has many parallel or recurring events throughout the novel five of the major repeated themes would include the references to the Bible and Jesus Christ the continuous praising of socialism the changes that Ma goes through on the trip and the changing definition of family on the trip to and in California Beginning in chapter four where Tom first meets Jim Casy there starts a trend of religious references the first major reference is Jim Casy singing Jesus is my Baby Jim is a retired preacher who doesnt believe in the religion that he has been preaching all his life Jim is a character who resembles Jesus Christ a person who chooses to go on the road and be with the people Jim doesnt act like he is better than the common man is he wants to bring people closer together and stop humans from hurting one another Casy sees the migrants as an army with out a harness and thinks that he can bring everyone working together In the climax of Jims journey he is killed in a scene extremely alike how Jesus died Jim Casy after he was hit in the head at the labor union meeting fell out of the light The author was trying to show how a normal person like Jim Casy couldve helped turned the horrible migrant life around and with him falling out of the light it gave Tom a chance to step into it and take control of things There were also many smaller religious reference in The Grapes of Wrath for example at the end of the novel when Uncle John has to send Rose of Sharons stillborn baby down the flooding river This is a parallel to Moses as a live baby being sent down the river to give hope to the town below When Uncle John sends the
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