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Lauren Taranow 4-8-09 Ignoring the Facts In John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath , he offers many symbols that can be related to the Christian religion. Martin Staples Shockley comments on these symbols in the book in his article, Christian Symbolism in The Grapes of Wrath. While I agree that some of the symbols in his book do relate to Christianity, I do not think this was intentional from Steinbeck because the theme in The Grapes of Wrath tends to suggest abandoning organized religion. Throughout his article, Shockley argues that Steinbeck includes these symbols to tell Biblical stories, such as the story of Jesus Christ. He compares Jim Casy with Jesus Christ, saying that they are similar because, “Jim has rejected an old religion and is in the process of replacing it with a new gospel” (267). This statement is partially true; Casy has abandoned his old organized religion, and he is replacing it. However, Casy is replacing his previous organized Christian faith with his own ideals, and encourages others to do
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course E 316K taught by Professor Berry during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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