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Graphs of Wrath and the "Oversoul"
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Moral and Anagogical Lessons

The Grapes of Wrath contains many morals and anagogical ideas.

Morals are ideas exhibiting goodness or correctness of character and behavior.
 
Anagogical ideals are ideas having a secondary spiritual meaning.
 
In The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck presents many moral and anagogical ideas.  The novel deals a lot with whats right and wrong of human action (morals) and also with faith and religious ideas (anagogical).

The Over-soul is an example of a anagogical idea learned from the novel.  There isn't idividual spirits living for themsleves, but one spirit encompassing all of life under one god. 
 
The exsistential ideas gather from the Ecclesiastes alos serve as another anagogical idea express through the novel.  It is not only subtley alluded too throughout the book, but directly quoted.
 
page 570 "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow, but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, for he hath not anohter to help him up...again if two lie together, then they have heat; but how can one be warm alone? and ifone prevail against him, two shall withstand him, and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
 
This is not only a spiritial reference, but a moral lesson as well.  It teaches the value of teamwork and how it is morally wrong to ignore a fellow man in need of help.  This is a constant moral lesson throughout the novel illustrated thorugh allusions to spiritual works and the learning experiences of the characters.