The Grapes of Wrath
How we cite our quotes:
[Tom Joad:] "What the hell you want to lead 'em someplace for? Jus' lead 'em." (4.25)
Ma Joad seems to us to be a fantastic example of someone who can lead without knowing where she is leading her people. Do you believe that in order to be a leader you have to know where you headed, or do you think a leader has a different purpose?
[Casy:] "I figgered there just wasn't no hope for me, an' I was a damned ol' hypocrite. But I didn't mean to be." (4.27)
Does the fact that Casy is a hypocrite (a.k.a. doesn't do as he preaches) make him less of a spiritual leader, less of a positive force?
[Casy:] "Before I knowed it, I was sayin' out loud, 'The hell with it! There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do. It's all part of the same thing.'" (4.35)
Does the way in which landowners kick families off of their land and the way in which they pay families dismal wages count as "stuff people do"? Does this book believe in ideas like "good" and "bad," "virtue" and "sin?"