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Biblical symbols are numerous in The Grapes of Wrath The novels title for example is taken from The Battle Hymn of the Republic Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored Of great significance within the range of biblical symbols of course is that of Christ represented in the novel not only by Jom Casy but aslo by Tom Joad Rose of Sharon and even Ruthie Christ came as a leader for masses of people and as a sacrificial figure whose death would offer man a new beginning and a second chance Jum Casy is such a figure in the novel You cant miss his eye-catching initials--JC Jesus used many parables which are brief stories just as Casy often did throughout the novel Like christ Casey has gone away to ponder his faith or as Casy put it Heres me been a-goin into the wilderniess like Jesus to try to find out somepin And like Christ Casy has discovered within himself a commitment to mankind He tells tom of the realization he came to I figgered about the Holy Sperit and the Jesus road I figgered Why do we got to hand it on God or Jesus Maybe I figgered maybe its all men an all women we love maybe thats the Holy Sperit--the human sperit--the whole shebang Maybe all men got one big soul ever bodys a part of Now I sat there thinkin it an all of a suddent--Iknew it I knew it so deep down that it was true and I still know it He compare himself to Jesus throughout the novel He tells the entire Joad family I benn thinkin--I benn in the hills thinkin almost you might say like Jesus went into the wilderness to think his way out a mess of troubles Seems like Jesus got all messed up with troubles
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