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The Grapes of Wrath is a novel chronicling the hardships endured by migrant families moving west to find a better life In order to achieve the affect he wanted John Steinbeck used an array of symbolism from transcendentalism to foreshadowing to biblical allusions First the main transcendentalist symbolism present in The Grapes of Wrath is in the character of Jim Casy Casy is an ex-preacher who renounced his calling because of a sinful act he committed with a young girl after a religious meeting An some Id baptize to bring em to An thenyou know what Id do Id take one of them girls out in the grass an Id lay with her Done it ever time 29 When Tom Joad who was going home from prison meets Casy along the way Casy explains his idea of the human sperit I figgered Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesus Maybe I figgered maybe its all men an all women we love maybe thats the Holy Sperit the human speritthe whole shebang Maybe all men got one big soul everbodys a part of 32-33 Before Tom meets him Casy had been wandering in the wilderness in an attempt to find himself I aint seen you in a long time Tom said Nobody seen me said the preacher I went off alone an I sat and figured The sperits strong in my ony it aint the same I aint so sure of a lot of things 28 This is a blatant example of transcendentalism Second the elements of foreshadowing in The Grapes of Wrath are very prevalent The major uses of foreshadowing that Steinbeck encompasses are the interchapters
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