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The Grapes of Wrath Allusion-Oversoul


The Philosophical Joads
Steinbeck and Nature's Self
Moral and Anagogical
Literary elements

The allusion of the Oversoul presents the reader with quite an amount of historic, and religious symbolism . Through Steinbeck's extensive use of allegorical symbols we learn that there is a further meaning behind the literary piece, the Grapes of Wrath.

Steinbeck's use of symbolism throughout the Grapes of Wrath is indeed very evident through simplistic use of imagery.
  • The grapes "filling,rotting and growing" are symbolic of the idea that when individuals join together to form "a bunch" they develop a spirit around them. This spirit is also reference to the soul, which is what holds all the individuals together as one. In addition, to being surrounded by this soul, we develop a higher conscious.

pg 32-"I figgered about the Holy Sperit and the Jesus road. I figgered, 'Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesus? Maybe,' I figgered, 'maybe it's all men an' all women we love; maybe that's the Holy Sperit-the human sperit-the whole shebang. Maybe all men got one big soul ever'bdoy's a part of'.

pg 477- "And they stand still and watch the potatoes float by, listen to the screaming pigs being killed in a ditch and covered with quicklime, watch the mountains of oranges slop down to a putrefying ooze; and in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage."