The Grapes of Wrath In the novel, two of the main characters, Tom Joad and Jim Casy, are very similar in how they react to things. Their characters personalities are alike in the fact of how they view the world, and the journey they are going on. Because of the time they spend together they form a relationship and they have a certain effect on each other. Tom Joad is the protagonist in the novel The Grapes of Wrath. He is good-natured and thoughtful. Tom is a character who devotes himself to the present moment, the future, which is out of reach, does not concern him at all.
He lives this way for the mere reason of coping with his fears. He fears that by looking into the future he " ll drive himself mad with anger or helplessness. Tom, throughout the novel, undergoes the most significant transformation, while he shreds the philosophy of care diem for a commitment to bettering the future, although because he lives in the present it enables him to be a great source of vitality for the family. Jim Casy is a former preacher. He had given up his ministry out of the belief that all human experience is holy. He has redefined the concept of holiness saying that the most devine aspect of human experience is to be found on earth.
Jim Casy is said to have similar qualities to that of Jesus Christ, which John Steinbeck shows us by sharing the same initials. Throughout their journey, Tom takes on the role of Casy's disciple, and because of the hardship and hostility faced by the family they have served as a reason to convert Tom to Casy's teachings. Tom then realizes that he cannot stand by to the world's injustices, and cant take from other families for the well-being of his own. So he abandons the thought of structured lives and sets out on a course of public action. Casy also changed throughout the novel. By the end of the novel he had learned how to apply his talents are a spiritual healer and organize the migrant workers.
He believes in the mission so strongly that he would give his life for it." Wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever they's a cop beat in' up a guy, I'll be there. If Casy know ed, why, I'll be in the way guys yell when they " re mad an'-I'll be in the way kids laugh when they " re hungry n' they know supper's ready. An' when our folks eat the stuff they raise an' live in the houses they build-why, I'll be there.
See? God, I'm talk in' like Casy. Comes of think in' about him so much. Seems like I can see him sometimes." The death of Casy completes the transformation of Tom into a man that is ready to take on the responsibility for the future. Tom assures Ma that no matter whether he lives or dies his spirit will continue on in the triumphs and turmoil of the world." Says one time he went out in the wilderness to find his own soul, an' he found' he didn't have no soul that was his'n.
Says he found' he jus' got a little piece of a great big soul. Says a wilderness ain't no good, 'cause his little piece of a soul wasn't no good 'less it was with the rest, an' was whole." Tom's statement testifies his own transformation of his character. When he looks into the future he becomes more then a little piece in the world, but joins together which makes him whole. Both men represent an understandable reluctance to be separated from their land, the land that has shaped their identities and made them who they are. Tom Joad and Jim Casy are similar in many ways, and have affected each other in what they do and the relationships they form.