S: The Grapes of Wrath Comparative Analysis
FC: The Grapes of Wrath Comparative Analysis | By: Maria Picciotti
1: A passage from The Grapes of Wrath -page 447-448
2: "In the gray dawn light Uncle John waited around the end of the car, past the Joad truck; and he climbed the slippery bank to the highway. He walked down the highway, past the boxcar flat, until he came to a place where the boiling stream ran close to the road, where the willows grew along the roadside. He put his shovel down, and holding the box in front of him, he edged through the brush until he came to the edge of the swift stream. For a time he stood watching it swirl by, leaving its yellow foam among the willow stems. He held the apple box against his chest. And then he leaned over and set the box in the stream and steadied it with his hand.
3: He said fiercely, 'Go down an' tell 'em. Go down in the street an' rot an' tell 'em that way. That's the way you can talk. Don' even know if you was a boy or a girl. Ain't gonna find out. Go on down now, an' lay in the street. Maybe they'll know then.' He guided the box gently out into the current and let it go."
4: Passages from the Bible -Exodus ch. 2 & 3
5: About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levite got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River.
6: Then the Lord told him, "I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey--
7: the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now gi, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt."
8: In both stories, a child is sacrificed by his mother to send a message and save his people from their oppressors. To be more exact, both babies are placed in a river, and both are given a speech about how it is their duty to rescue their people. In both passages, the tone is sad, but hopeful. A picture of the harsh conditions is painted, but there is a light--a bright
9: future in the distance. The main difference is that in Grapes of Wrath, Rose of Sharon's baby is dead and sends his message by forcing people to see his death. In the Bible, Moses is alive. Both send their message to the elite class, but one is through death and one is through life.