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The Grapes of Wrath
Transcript of The Grapes of Wrath
"You got a God. Don't make no difference if you don' know what he looks like." p.240
"Ah I says, 'Don't you love Jesus?' Well, I thought an' thought an' finally I says, 'No, I don't know anybody name' Jesus. I know a bunch of stories, but I only love people." p. 24
"Seems like Jesus got all messed up with troubles, and He couldn't figure nothin' out, an' He got to feelin' what the hell good is at all, an' what's the use fightin' an' figurin'. Got tired, got good an' tired, an' His sperit all wore out. Jus' about come to the conclusion, the hell with it. An' so He went off into the wilderness." p. 88
"I figgered about the Holy Sperit and the Jesus road. I figgered, why do we gotta hang it on God." p.24
"Now here is one, this here's a nice one, just blowed full a religion: 'Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.' How's that?" p. 156
"Fella gets use' to a place. it's hard to go, fella gets used to a way of thinkin' it's hard to leave. I ain't a preacher no more, but all the time I find I'm prayin', not even thinkin' what I'm doin'." p.54
"I got thinkin' how we was holy when we was one thing, an' mankin' was holy when it was one thing. An' it on'y got unholy when one mis'able little fella got the bit in his teeth an' run off his own way, kickin' an' draggin' an' fightin'. Fella like that bust the holiness. But when they're all workin' together, not one fella for another fella, but one fella kind of harnessed to the whole shebang- that's right, that's holy." p.88
I can't he'p it, I can't leave this here water." p. 229
"Nobody's seen me, 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." p. 21
"Don't roust your faith bird-high an' you won't do no crawlin' with the worms." p. 98
Steinbeck uses transcendentalism in many ways. In the next five slides it will be shown how he uses it in his book
The Grapes of Wrath.
He uses a lot of religion in the book referring to God, the Holy Sperit (Spirit), and faith. He also uses nature, but not as much as religion.
In the book you see a lot of the characters praying and talking about religion. With God being apart of the oversoul, this is a big part in transcendentalism.
Although nature isn't referred to that much in the book, you still see it. One part in the book you see nature a lot is when Noah is talking to Tom about leaving to be with the nature. Not only is this showing transcendentalism, it is also showing symbolism. How? Well if you think you will notice that Noah is staying for the water and nature, which is showing, no other than Noah's Ark.
The one part of the oversoul we don't see much of is "individual". There isn't much of individual in the book, because we have a lot of characters, and with a lot of characters there won't be a lot of individual. When I think individual I think "alone" or "one" and when someone is alone in the book they are usually thinking, being narrated, or praying (back to religion). This is why individual isn't really in the book.
Finally, Steinbeck did a very good job showing transcendentalism in
The Grapes of Wrath.
He really focused on religion, but didn't miss out on nature or individual. Although there isn't a lot of nature or individual he still did really good putting it in there which I give him credit for. I really enjoyed this book and this project because I didn't realize how much religion, nature, individual was in here. I also enjoyed going back and looking at all the quotes.