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Realism vs. Transcendentalism in The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath is a novel written by John Steinbeck in the 1930s during the period of the Dust Bowl. The novel describes the trials and tribulations that the Joad family, as well as other families, encounters in their migration towards California in search for a place to live, work, eat, and earn sufficient income. The purpose of the novel is to expose the horrific challenges that migrant workers endure, while large companies and authorities retain all the wealth. Steinbeck depicts the unity and brotherhood among the migrant people as a prominent theme throughout the novel. He accurately depicts the arduous situations which most migrants bear during the Dust Bowl. While strong Transcendentalistic forces seem to drive the novel, Steinbeck’s emphasis on comprehensive details and powerful images demonstrate that the novel is predominantly Realistic. Universal spirit is an important characteristic which attributes to the philosophy of Transcendentalism (Carpenter). The idea of one big soul is depicted along with the thematic idea that single life has meager purpose unless it takes part in, and contributes to, a greater community. The readers are shown that any form of human life is as sacred as any divinity(Carpenter). The character, Jim Casy, acknowledges the concept of universal spirit as he becomes the moral guiding voice in the novel. He says that “maybe all men got one big soul everybody is a part of” (Steinbeck 33). The idea of this one big soul leads Casy to work for the improvement of the human condition as a labor organizer. Since he merges his spirit with the whole community, Casy lives on even after his tragic death. In The Grapes of Wrath, “Steinbeck’s creation of Jim Casy, ‘the preacher’, interprets and embodies the philosophy of the novel” (Carpenter). In the novel he states, “There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue… there’s just stuff people do…it’s all part of
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the same thing” (Steinbeck 119). Casy identifies himself as a human who is part of the
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course HISTORY 1302 taught by Professor Nazzal during the Spring '10 term at HCCS.

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