Life of Pi and Religion

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Neal Carey

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The Grapes of Wrath has many Religious parallels to the bible. The characters are paralleled with people from the bible, some easily recognizable. Also the Grapes of Wrath is during the Great Depression which can be an allusion to the horrible treatments and suffering times the Israelist people had to deal with reflects to this time period.

The plot of John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath, can easily be related to many biblical references as well as it could be applied to the daily struggles of the lives of Christians. Two particular portions of this novel stick out more than any other. Those are the characters of Jim Casey and Pa Joad. Jim Casey reminds me of Moses from the bible because in the bible Moses lead thousands of people out of harsh treatments and slavery and led them to the promises land Canon. Where Steinbeck could be referring the Joad family as the people who followed Moses and Jim is viewed as Moses who tries and lead them to a safe place where they won’t suffer anymore.

Throughout The Grapes of Wrath, religious symbols crop up, explaining the significance of the section.  One use of symbolism is that when on the road to California, Tom runs in to a snake.  Already used in the novel is the fact that to the Joads, California represents a place of great wealth, freedom, and prosperity.  It is a Garden of Eden, so to speak.  The Garden of Eden had a serpent who brought the Wrath of God upon Adam and Eve.  The serpent gave them with the forbidden fruit.  California is forbidden to outsiders and migrants.  No Okies allowed.  The snake represents the Eden Serpent and its betrayal to Adam and Eve.  California will betray the Joads.