The Grapes of Wrath


Jim Casy

A thoughtful and talkative man, Jim Casy is preoccupied with understanding what people value, as well as gifted with the ability to comfort and inspire people. He knows that his purpose in life is to be with the people, to help them, and when his belief in the transcendental soul overrides his ability to worship Jesus, he leaves preaching and goes in search of greater truth. He continues to follow his own instincts and his purpose in life toward the ways in which he can help the people. Ultimately, he recognizes that his calling is not preaching, but organizing. Thus, he represents the moment when the people stop praying and start taking action. Jim Casy’s death does not end his work; it lives on in Tom Joad and others like Tom.

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