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Preview this item Preview this item. Series: American novel. Written in an accessible style, the essays cover the issues and themes of Steinbeck's politics, metaphors of movement and growth, views of women, uses of documentary, and the conversion of the novel into film. The introduction provides a history of the novel's public reception, a summary of the major phases of critical response, and a reading of the novel as an act of returning west to Steinbeck's lost California.
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Steinbeck creates a story about the journey of a family and mirrors it to that of biblical events. The entire family, in themselves, were like the Israelites. Unfortunately, although the Israelites were successful, the Joads never really found what they could consider to be a promised land. They were never lucky enough to really satisfy their dreams of living a comfortable life. But, they were still able to improve on their situation. Another symbolic character that was undoubtedly more religious than anyone else taking the journey was Jim Casy.
He was a preacher that was picked up along the way by the Joads. Steinbeck manages to squeeze in a lot about this character, and a lot of the background he creates about Mr. Casy shows just how much of a biblical man he really is supposed to be. So much so, that Steinbeck uses Jim Casy to symbolize Christ. Oddly enough, his initials were not only the same as Jesus Christ, but much of his life is similar to the biblical accounts of Christ.
Not only did he also begin his long trek after a stay in the wilderness, he also had rejected an old religion to try and find his own version of the gospel and convince people to follow him. His death, another aspect comparable to that of Christ, also occurred in the middle of a stream, which could represent the "crossing over Jordan" account.
Jim's last words are to forgive the man who kills him with a pickax. He tells him "You don't know what you're a-doing," which is a simple allusion to the statement by Jesus to God when He is being crucified and asks his Father to forgive them, for they knew not what they were doing.
In this novel, even the title is a Christian allusion. The title is "a direct Christian allusion, suggesting the glory of the coming of the Lord" Shockley, Looking at the main character of the story, Tom Joad, even more Christian symbolism is seen. Tom Joad is almost a direct fit for the story of the "prodigal son" from the bible. He is the son that must lead everyone across in a great journey, while symbolically already wandering from the favor of God by killing a man in self-defense.
Tom must find a way to forget about this event and continue to keep his goal of getting to California and his Promised Land in sight. He understands that he must stay determined and persevere because he is an example and a leader to his family and he cannot allow any internal event to slow him down.
Rose of Sharon, the daughter of the family, also has a very religious connotation; her religious meaning is not so much symbolic of a specific person or event in the bible, but more of an example of Christian values. The great hardship in her life was the fact that the child she was pregnant with the whole story, and the one that kept her from doing work necessary to everyone's survival, was stillborn.
Now, after going through all this, she had to face the reality of living without her child and the reality of her husband walking out on her. Even after all this when the Joads come upon the old man in the barn "the two women [Ma Joad and Rose of Sharon] looked deep into each other's eyes.
Not my will, but Thine be done. Next, the women in the story are an example of the mentality of the "indestructible woman. She is the only character in the novel that appears to be flawless on every level, not just as someone who does monotonous chores throughout the story.
She stands as a shining example of a woman who refuses to back down, no matter what the obstacles at hand. Some of the obstacles included Grandma's death, the desertion of Noah, the leaving behind of the Wilsons followed by Connie's departure, the murder of Casy, Tom becoming a fugitive, Rose of Sharon's baby being stillborn, and being surrounded by starvation and depression.
She uses al of her strength and willpower to help deal with these tragedies. One of the biggest examples of her undying strength and love is the way she help Rose of Sharon deal with her pregnancy and the loss of her baby. She helps keep the family together, and if that meant giving every ounce of spirit and energy that she had, she'd do it because of the love she had for her family. Steinbeck creates her as that indestructible woman because he wants to convince the migrants of the 's to follow in the footsteps of Ma Joad, and ultimately, mirror the journey of the entire Joad family.
Warren French explains exactly what Steinbeck's intent with having the characters, especially Ma Joad, develop the way they do throughout the novel:. The story that Steinbeck sought to tell does end, furthermore, with Ma Joad's discovery that it is no longer the "fambly" alone that one must "give a han'," but "everybody. What happens to them now depends upon the ability of the rest of society to learn the same lesson they have already learned.
Rose of Sharon is another woman who shows indestructibility. She also has to deal with her stillborn baby and all of what Ma Joad had to go through, but she still attempts to continue on and help Ma whenever she can. In the novel Steinbeck writes about she tries how because of the way she tried so hard to help, that she was constantly vomiting, just to keep up with regular chores, yet her spirit remained unwavering.
With all of this occurring around her, one of the novel's greatest Christian allusions comes from her character. In the climactic event at the end of the novel, Rose of Sharon looked at the old man who needed her milk and just smiled. In her, life and death are one, and through her, life triumphs over death" Shockley, She gives herself for that of another, and that is a major Christian principle.
Besides the characters, the events in the story are also an example of how Steinbeck uses symbolism. This is the second major way that Steinbeck uses symbolism in this story. There are several examples which show how perserverent the human spirit could be in times of trouble.
The trek itself shows how committed to their dreams the Joads were. They had to risk everything just to find work and a place to live. Also, the characters in the story had to adapt to the events that were happening to them throughout the journey. For example, Tom first got his idea of transportation when he saw the tractor at the beginning of the story and remembered that tractors were just now starting to cover the plains all the time, so they must be able to make it in some kind of machine.
When Tom visits the car dealer, he comes away with a car that didn't quite fit their needs, but he made it work. Another example is how the family learns to use every item, the realize how valuable every single item they have is to their existence, and it becomes more and more clear every single day as the situation becomes more and more harsh. Also, the kindness of the human spirit is shown in Steinbeck's novel through these events.
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