The Grapes Of Wrath Universality Analysis

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status with that of the Negroes point to the fact of the universality of human condition/suffering. If the novel is juxtaposed with its substructure – The Bible - the aspect of universality becomes obvious.
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The Carnivalesque nature of chronotopicity in the novel Jago Morrison, while explicating different aspects of the Bakhtinian chronotope states thus:
“ The Dialogic Imagination argues that , in the wake of ‘the dissolution of the medieval world view’ (p.205) in which the theological doctrine of The Last Judgement had been so dominant, a fundamentally new conception of time and space was needed , which could ‘permit one to link real life (history) to real earth. It was necessary to oppose to eschatology a creative and generative time,
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Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s part of.” (The Grapes of Wrath, Page-24)
It is the Gospel of communion that Jim Casy preaches as the redemptive sacrament for the human condition. His living of this Gospel is at its zenith in the scene where he is murdered. He is killed because he sowed the seeds of communion among people who were stranded on a foreign land. His response to the murderer “ You fellas don’ know what you are doin’. You are helping to starve kids” (The Grapes of Wrath, Page—354) clearly echoes Jesus’ words on the cross ‘ Forgive them ,Father, for they know not what they are doing”.
So also are uncle John and Mrs.Joad in the novel. Uncle John, through his severe sense of guilt and sin, is at times in bouts of depression. As an atonement to what he considers to be his sin he does some charitable works like feeding the starving children. He is a loner only because his sense of communion is founded on his purely religious conviction of right and wrong. Towards the end of the novel Uncle John is almost on the path of reconciliation with himself. This is evident from what he states while placing the stillborn on

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