The novel, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, forced out of their Oklahoma farms by agriculture disasters (dust bowls) the Joads family begins a journey to the promise land of California and like many other migrants and immigrants have before them. As they travel cross-country they face the blunt realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots. However, the majority of each character's personality happens to lie within what they are to the Joad
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the poor Christian members of society.
Aside from these occurrences, there lies a great deal of others. Steinbeck clearly presents Jim Casey as a representation of Christ in the first portion of the story. The author uses the character of Jim Casey as a vessel to portray the importance of religion in peoples' lives in such times of hardship, when a family's unity and faith in God were the only things that kept them going.