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Allusions of Exodus in Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath

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Allusions between the physical journey of the Israelite's and the Joad's exoduses

Excerpt from Grapes of Wrath chapter 14

"One man, one family driven from the land; this rusty car creaking along the highway to the west. I lost my land, a single tractor took my land. I am alont and I am bewildered. And in the night one family camps in a ditch and another family pulls in and the tents come out."

The Grapes of Wrath pg. 206

Excerpt from Exodus Chapter 14





14:6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:



14:7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.







Both excerpts relateto the actual leaving from the land of tyranny by both parties. Whether it be Moses by chariot, or the Oakies by car, they are all fleeing to the promise land as quickly as possible. Another coincidence is both appear in chapter 14 of the piece of literature, yet another connection between the two pieces. In Moses' journey he traveled throught the desert and mountains to reach Canaan and in the case of the Oakies, the also traveled throught the desert and the mountains to reach their promise land.

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