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Grapes of Wrath - Jim Casy Chracter Analysis
of Wrath - Jim Casy Chracter Analysis
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 one\'s 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, J.C.,
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 Casy\'s 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, dullest
existence has had its glimpse of heaven.) Casy once remarked, "I gotta
see them folks that\'s gone out on the road. I gotta feelin\' I got to see
them. They gonna need help no preachin\' can give \'em. Hope of heaven when
their lives ain\'t lived? Holy Sperit when their own sperit is downcast
an\' sad?" Casy wished to reach out to others in spite of his own troubles.
He wanted to give them sprit, hope and rejuvenate their souls. Jesus too
felt that need and can be considered "the great consoler of life." The
Life of Jesus by Ernest Renan tells of Pure Ebionism, which is the doctrine
that the poor alone shall be saved and the reign of the poor is approaching.
This secures a definite parallel to Jesus Christ and not only Jim Casy,
but the entire book, The Grapes of Wrath. The rich people, banks, owners,
and institutions have taken control of the country and nature, but as the
book says, "And the association of owners knew that some day the praying
would stop. And there\'s an end." This means that these people will always
carry on, one day they will take action, there will be a fight, and quite
possibly an end to the misfortune and a reign of prevailing prosperity.
Christ once said, "When thou makest a dinner or supper, call not...thy
rich neighbors...But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed,
the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed." John Steinbeck and Jim
Casy along with many other migrants believe in charity, helping others
and an end to the insatiable appetite for money and self-indulgence. When
Casy is saying grace in chapter eight, he compares himself to Jesus: "I
been in the hills, thinkin\', almost you might say like Jesus wen into the
wilderness to think His way out of troubles." Casy was beginning to feel
confused, troubled and stressful about his faith, but when he went into
the wilderness and rediscovered nature, he was a new man with a new-found
faith. (Eventually Christ was no longer a Jew and strayed from the traditional
Hebrew idea of God. Casy\'s beliefs did not precisely follow Christianity.)
Like Christ, Casy was jailed and later aroused the antagonism of the people
in authority and was brutally slain. He died, like Christ saying to his
crucifiers, "You don\' know what you\'re a-doin." Jim Casy was similar to
Jesus Christ but his personality traits did not end there.
Jim Casy\'s personality is one of the most
unprovincial, nonjudgemental in the world. He believed that every one is
created equal no matter what their
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