The Grapes of Wrath Grampa Quotes

Instructor: Bryan Cowing

Bryan is a freelance writer who specializes in literature. He has worked as an English instructor, editor and writer for the past 10 years.

In ''The Grapes of Wrath,'' one of the best ways to understand a character is by looking at their quotes. In this lesson, we will take a look at some of Grampa's most revealing comments. Read on to find out more.

Grampa at a Glance

If you know any older people who do not really seem to care what anyone thinks about them, then you will recognize Grampa from The Grapes of Wrath. Grampa says whatever he wants to and even uses the Lord's name in vain, despite his wife being super religious. Grampa isn't holding his tongue for anyone.

First Impression

When we meet Grampa, he's waiting to see Tom for the first time in years. Tom (his grandson) was thrown in jail for a self-defense murder. As Grampa is looking for Tom, his first words in the book are ''Where is he? Goddamn it, where is he?'' This quote shows Grampa as an impatient and outspoken guy. Considering that his wife's first words in the book were praising God for victory, it is safe to say that time has not brought the married couple closer.

Grampa's Threat

Once Grampa finally sees his grandson, he talks about how the father of the man that Tommy murdered threatened to shoot Tommy. Grampa tells everyone to not worry: he's got Tommy's back. He told the man ''You lay your sights anywheres near Tommy an' I'll take it an' I'll ram it up your ass.'' Classy Grampa, real classy. This quote reinforces the image of Grampa's aggressiveness, but frames it as a defense of his family, so it seems more acceptable.

The Trip

Once Grampa settles down, he opens up a little about his feelings on moving to California. He tells his family ''I sure will be glad to get out there. Got a feelin' it'll make a new fella outa me. Go right to work in the fruit.'' In this quote, we see that Grampa does have a logical and more reasonable side. He can see the positive side of his family's migration to California and appears to be looking forward to the journey.

Grampa Changes His Mind

Despite his initial positive reaction, Gramp later seems to change his mind. It's also possible that he was just pretending to go along with the plan. Either way, the next day he tells everyone ''You go right on along. Me--I'm stayin'. I give her a goin'-over all night mos'ly. This here's my country. I b'long here. An' I don't give a goddamn if they's oranges an' grapes crowdin' a fella outa bed even. I ain't a-goin'. This country ain't no good, but it's my country.''

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