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"The Downing Sun: Jim Casy Vanessa Cromer John
Steinbeck passionately describes a time of unfair poverty,
unity, and the human spirit in the classic, The Grapes of
Wrath. The novel tells of real, diverse characters who
experience growth through turmoil and hardship. Jim Casy-
a personal favorite character- is an ex-preacher that meets
up with a former worshiper, Tom Joad. Casy continues a
relationship with Tom and the rest of the Joads as they
embark on a journey to California in the hopes of prosperity
and possibly excess. Casy represents how the many
situations in life impact the ever-changing souls of human-
beings and the search within to discover one\'s true identity
and beliefs. Casy, however, was much more complex than
the average individual. His unpredjudiced, unified, Christ-like
existence twists and turns with every mental and extraneous
disaccord. Jim Casy is an interesting, complicated man. He
can be seen as a modern day Christ figure, except without
the tending manifest belief in the Christian faith. The initials of
his name, J.C., are the same as Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus
was exalted by many for what he stood for was supposed to
be , Casy was hailed and respected by many for simply
being a preacher. Casy and Jesus both saw a common
goodness in the average man and saw every person as holy.
Both Christ and Casy faced struggles between their ideals
versus the real world. (Despite Casy\'s honesty, goodness,
and loyalty to all men, he would not earn a meal or warm
place to stay. Although Jesus had many followers, still others
opposed his preaching until the very end. ) These prophets
attempted to disengage man from the cares of the world and
create a high spiritualism that stemmed joy from misery. (All
the migrants found pleasures along their trips and kept their
hope and spirit throughout the journey. Thanks to Jesus, the
saddest, dullest existence has had its glimpse of heaven.)
Casy once remarked, "I gotta see them folks that\'s gone out
on the road. I gotta feelin\' I got to see them. They gonna
need help no preachin\' can give \'em. Hope of heaven when
their lives ain\'t lived? Holy Sperit when their own sperit is
downcast an\' sad?" Casy wished to reach out to others in
spite of his own troubles. He wanted to give them sprit, hope
and rejuvenate their souls. Jesus too felt that need and can
be considered "the great consoler of life." The Life of Jesus
by Ernest Renan tells of Pure Ebionism, which is the doctrine
that the poor alone shall be saved and the reign of the poor
is approaching. This secures a definite parallel to Jesus
Christ and not only Jim Casy, but the entire book, The
Grapes of Wrath. The rich people, banks, owners, and
institutions have taken control of the country and nature, but
as the book says, "And the association of owners knew that
some day the praying would stop. And there\'s an end." This
means that these people will always carry on, one day they
will take action, there will be a fight, and quite possibly an
end to the misfortune and a reign of prevailing prosperity.
Christ once said, "When thou makest a dinner or supper, call
not...thy rich neighbors...But when thou makest a feast, call
the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be
blessed." John Steinbeck and Jim Casy along with many
other migrants believe in charity, helping others and an end
to the insatiable appetite for money and self-indulgence.
When Casy is saying grace in chapter eight, he compares
himself to Jesus: "I been in the hills, thinkin\', almost you might
say like Jesus wen into the wilderness to think His way out
of troubles." Casy was beginning to feel confused, troubled
and stressful about his faith, but when he went into the
wilderness and rediscovered nature, he was a new man with
a new-found faith. (Eventually Christ was no longer a Jew
and strayed from the traditional Hebrew idea of God. Casy\'s
beliefs did not precisely follow Christianity.) Like Christ,
Casy was jailed and later aroused the antagonism of the
people in authority and was brutally slain. He died, like
Christ saying to his crucifiers, "You don\' know what you\'re
a-doin." Jim Casy was similar to Jesus Christ but his
personality traits did not end there. Jim Casy\'s personality is
one of the most unprovincial, nonjudgemental in the world.
He believed that every one is created equal no matter what
their physical differences, political class, or position in the
world might be. He shows this by never uttering a hurtful
word at anyone, sacrificing his own welfare to picket and
raise the wages of