Grapes of Wrath Chap.8 Analysis

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Laurie Anselme Litterature: John Steinbeck Chapter 8 In John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath, “Wrath” is indeed to be referred in the story. Being one of the deadly seven sins, it introduces us, the presence of biblical themes such as preaches, prayers, sermons, hope and fellowship. The 8th chapter will be presenting us, for the first time, those themes and their importance (meaning, role, influence etc…), starting firstly with Jim Casy’s preach where we will analyse its true nature and meaning, then its direct influence on the people around. Secondly we will analyse the importance of that preach on the tragedies that await the family and Jim Casy’s true role in the story. M During breakfast Jim Casy is asked by the “granma”, who represents the pious, to give a prayer. But instead of a traditional prayer, Jim decides to speak out his mind and give his own theory, realisation about what it is to be “holy” : “I got thinkin’ how we was holy when we was one thing, an’ mankin’ was holy when it was one thing. An’ it on’y got unholy when one mis’able little fella got the bit in his teeth an’ run off his own way, kickin’ an’ draggin’ an’ fightin’. Fella like that bust the holi-ness. But when they’re all workin’ together, not one fella for another fella, but one fella kind of harnessed to the whole shebang—that’s right, that’s holy.” (l29-35 p.85) By those words Jim Casy explains that mankind is holy in itself, that we are great only when we work together as one, that mankind’s greatness isn’t about what it prays to God but what it does with what’s around him. It is an introduction of one of the main topic of the book, which is the power of family and fellowship. So clearly we sense a predominance of the biblical themes in this book for that matter we can see that its importance is also projected in the people’s reactions during and after the speech

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