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The Downing SunJim Casy John Steinbeck passionately describes a time of unfair poverty unity and the human spirit in the classic The Grapes of Wrath The novel tells of real diverse characters who experience growth through turmoil and hardship Jim Casy- a personal favorite character- is an ex-preacher that meets up with a former worshiper Tom Joad Casy continues a relationship with Tom and the rest of the Joads as they embark on a journey to California in the hopes of prosperity and possibly excess Casy represents how the many situations in life impact the ever-changing souls of human- beings and the search within to discover ones true identity and beliefs Casy however was much more complex than the average individual His unpredjudiced unified Christ-like existence twists and turns with every mental and extraneous disaccord Jim Casy is an interesting complicated man He can be seen as a modern day Christ figure except without the tending manifest belief in the Christian faith The initials of his name JC are the same as Jesus Christ Just as Jesus was exalted by many for what he stood for was supposed to be Casy was hailed and respected by many for simply 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 until the very end These prophets attempted to disengage man from the cares of the world and create a high spiritualism that stemmed joy from misery All the migrants found pleasures along their trips and kept their hope and spirit throughout the journey Thanks to Jesus the saddest
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