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Tom and Casy pt. 1

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Micah McKinnie

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Tom and Casy pt. 1
Casy's Development
Tom's Development
Casy decides to stop preaching because he becomes uncertain with himself. "I went off alone, an' I sat and figured. The sperit's strong in me, on'y it ain't the same. I ain't so sure of a lot of things." (pg. 21)
Casy becomes lost with himself. "That's right, he's goin' someplace. Me-I don't know where I'm goin'." (pg. 22)
Casy starts to try to come to terms with his own ideas about God, holiness, and sin. "Maybe it ain't sin. Maybe it's just the way folks is. Maybe we been whippin' the hell out of ourselves for nothin'." (pg. 23)
Casy's Development
Casy begins to narrow down the concepts he was struggling with as a preacher. "There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do. It's all part of the same thing. And some of the things folks do is nice, and some ain't nice, but that's as far as any man got a right to say." (pg. 24)
Casy has a new perspective on life and a new mindset, he is determined to not be a preacher. Casy has spent a lot of time in deep thought about the meaning of life.
Casy feels needed now, he feels that the folks need some help from him. "They gonna need help no preachin’ can give 'em." (pg. 53)
Casy no longer trusts preachers anymore, he does not think they are adequate enough to properly help anyone.
Casy makes the decision to go with the Joads and help the migrants on the road; although it is unclear if he does so as a preacher or not.
Casy's Development
Casy's Development
Casy says he's not a preacher, but acts like one. "But I ain't preachin'. Preachin' is tellin' folks stuff. I'm askin' 'em. That ain't preachin', is it?" (pg. 95)
Casy tells Granma he is not a preacher and can't pray, but then prays for Grampa. "I don't know what to pray for or who to pray to." (pg. 138)
Casy cannot help, but to help people, whether it is going against what he says or not.
Casy goes to prison because he takes the blame for Tom from a fight that occurs between laborers and the California police. He fights for justice among migrant workers.
Fresh out of jail and trying to make his way home
Open with strangers from the beginning; never pretends
Glimpse of how he thinks people should be: "I'm just tryin' to get along without shovin' nobody around." (pg. 9)
Tom's Development
Tom does not understand Casy's struggle with leading the people somewhere: "What the hell you want to lead 'em someplace for? Jus' lead 'em." (pg. 21)
Tom doesn't think or care about the whole of mankind and the idea of community
Only concerned for himself and his own family
Casy starts uncertain of how to use his talents as a speaker and spiritual healer. He develops by learning to apply them to his task of fighting for justice among the migrant workers.
Influences between Tom and Casy
Casy influences "self-centered" Tom with his ideas of human-kind.
In the beginning of the Novel Casy had all of these ideas about man, but was also a bit confused. Tom encourages Casy to find the meaning of uniting and inspiring people; finally taking action.

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Although Casy is not a "preacher", he still considers the existence of God and stresses the importance of helping people and impacting them.
Tom Joad is an honest person and does not want to bury the truth. Tom is only concerned with his own life, but as he realizes the harsh reality, Tom considers the ideas that Casy introduces about a unified society.
Tom's Development
Naturally combative
Shows no remorse for killing a man
Says that he would do it again and not let anyone push him around: "Let them goddam cops run over me, an' me do nothin'?" (pg. 248)
THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
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Tom's Development
Starts to care more about how people affect one another: "On'y I wisht they was some way to make her 'thout takin' her away from somebody else." (Pg.187)
Tom's thinking and perspective on life begins to change and mature: "Here's Tommy talkin' like a growed-up man, talkin' like a preacher almos'."(Pg. 230)
The significance of Casy and Tom in the Novel
Both Tom and Casy illustrate the hardships numerous people went through during the dust bowl.
Steinbeck proves that people like Tom and Casy can bring about change and impact to the people struggling to survive.
Steinbeck uses some comparison between Tom and Casy at numerous parts in the Novel.
Tom and Casy are both "outsiders"
As the Novel progresses, Tom and Casy start to depend on each other and both get a deep insight on the struggles the dust bowl brought upon people.
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