What opinions does Reverend Casy have about sin and using "bad words" in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath?
Jim Casy was formerly a reverend, the type he describes as a "Burning Busher," or an evangelical preacher. He gave up preaching when he found that he couldn't follow what he was preaching. After his sermons, he would usually take a woman to bed, and he was filled with guilt as a result. He says, "Then I'd feel bad, an' I'd pray an' pray, but it didn't do no good." After thinking about it, he realized, "Maybe it ain't a sin. Maybe it's just the way folks is. Maybe we been whippin' the hell out of ourselves for nothin'." He feels that what religion thinks of as sin isn't really sin; instead, it's just the way people naturally are. He thinks, "There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do." He feels that the word "sin" has been attached to what people normally...
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