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Ch 8: The Grapes of Wrath Characters

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the characters in The Grapes of Wrath for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • The Joad family tree
  • The novel's protagonist and antagonist
  • Tom, Ma, Pa, Al, Noah, Grampa and Granma Joad
  • Preacher Jim Casy
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Sairy and Ivy Wilsion
  • Uncle John
  • Connie Rivers
  • Ruthie and Winfield
  • Floyd
  • Muley Graves
  • Mr. Jonas and Mrs. Aggie Wainwright

19 Lessons in Chapter 8: The Grapes of Wrath Characters
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The Grapes of Wrath Joad Family Tree

1. The Grapes of Wrath Joad Family Tree

If you area reading ''The Grapes of Wrath'', you might feel confused by all the different characters. Specifically, the Joad family tree can seem complicated. In this lesson we will take a look at who is in the Joad family and what their relationships are to each other.

The Grapes of Wrath: Protagonist & Antagonist

2. The Grapes of Wrath: Protagonist & Antagonist

''The Grapes of Wrath'' tells the story of migrant workers during the Great Depression. In this tale, we see the roles of protagonist and antagonist filled by central characters and institutions. In this lesson, you'll learn more about each role.

Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath: Character Analysis, Description & Development

3. Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath: Character Analysis, Description & Development

Faced with terrible conditions at home and persecuted in California, migrant workers had it tough. But in ~'The Grapes of Wrath~', their cause inspired Tom Joad, migrant worker and ex-con, to dedicate his life to making theirs better.

Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath: Character Analysis & Characterization

4. Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath: Character Analysis & Characterization

'The Grapes of Wrath' is the story of the Joad family and their struggles as they try to find work during the Great Depression. This lesson focuses on Ma Joad and her strength and example.

Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath: Description & Analysis

5. Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath: Description & Analysis

In this lesson, we will learn about Pa Joad's character in 'The Grapes of Wrath' by considering him through the lens of other characters and through his interactions with his family.

Preacher Jim Casy in The Grapes of Wrath: Description, Analysis & Death

6. Preacher Jim Casy in The Grapes of Wrath: Description, Analysis & Death

Jim Casy is a lost soul in ''The Grapes of Wrath''. He provides guidance in his travels with the Joad family, but in the process learns about himself and his role in life. This lesson shows his path to becoming a union leader and a martyr.

Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath: Symbolism, Character Analysis & Description

7. Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath: Symbolism, Character Analysis & Description

Rose of Sharon is a young woman of 19 that endures the hardships of the Great Depression, along with her family, the Joads. This lesson discusses her character and her importance.

Grampa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath: Death, Burial & Funeral

8. Grampa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath: Death, Burial & Funeral

Grampa Joad is the first to die after the Joads leave their home for a new life in California. Since money is tight, the Joads have no choice but to bury him beside the road. Casy argues that although his physical death was at the camp, his real death came before.

Granma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath

9. Granma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath

This lesson eulogizes old Granma Joad, the matriarch in John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll discover her fervent religiosity. Then we'll learn about her reaction to her husband's death and how the Joads coped with the loss of both grandparents.

Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath

10. Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath

If you are reading ''The Grapes of Wrath'', we come across many characters. As a large family, Al is just one of the Joad children. In this lesson, we will take a look Al Joad and consider some of his important characteristics.

Ivy & Sairy Wilson in The Grapes of Wrath

11. Ivy & Sairy Wilson in The Grapes of Wrath

The Joad family aren't the only ones making their way to California. In this lesson, we will get to know more about Ivy and Sairy Wilson, and older couple who joins the Joad's for part of their journey in John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath''.

Connie Rivers in The Grapes of Wrath

12. Connie Rivers in The Grapes of Wrath

If you would like to take a closer look at Connie Rivers from 'The Grapes of Wrath', check out this lesson. We will pinpoint some of the important moments involving Connie and examine just who he is.

Noah Joad in The Grapes of Wrath

13. Noah Joad in The Grapes of Wrath

A character that is underappreciated, perhaps resulting from his limited appearances, Noah Joad is a strong and independent character, qualities which belie the description given to him in John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath''.

Uncle John in The Grapes of Wrath: Physical Description & Character Analysis

14. Uncle John in The Grapes of Wrath: Physical Description & Character Analysis

In this lesson we learn how Steinbeck weaves together physical descriptions of Uncle John with his actions so we can understand who he is, not just what he looks like. We also learn about the root of Uncle John's shame and why he behaves the way he does in 'The Grapes of Wrath.'

Ruthie & Winfield Joad in The Grapes of Wrath

15. Ruthie & Winfield Joad in The Grapes of Wrath

In this lesson, we learn that Ruthie and Winfield are periphery characters in ''The Grapes of Wrath''. Steinbeck included them in the novel for the sake historical accuracy regarding the Great Depression.

Floyd in The Grapes of Wrath

16. Floyd in The Grapes of Wrath

Tom and Al Joad meet Floyd Knowles when they stay at the same camp while looking for work in California. Floyd has been there for awhile, so he is able to offer some hard truths to the Joads, including the corruption of the system and the need for migrants to help one another.

Muley Graves in The Grapes of Wrath: Importance & Function

17. Muley Graves in The Grapes of Wrath: Importance & Function

In this lesson, we will examine the role of Muley Graves, a former neighbor from Oklahoma, who provides information about background, characterizations, and limited options in John Steinbeck's ''The Grapes of Wrath.''

The Wainwright Family in The Grapes of Wrath

18. The Wainwright Family in The Grapes of Wrath

In this lesson, learn about the role of the Wainwright family in ''The Grapes of Wrath'', the selfless family that we only get scant details about, but whose kindness shows the importance of community in dark times.

The Grapes of Wrath Character List & Flashcards

The Grapes of Wrath Character List & Flashcards

These flashcards are a tool to guide you through the plot, themes and characters in the depression-era novel, ''The Grapes of Wrath.'' Gauge your understanding of this Pulitzer Prize winning story.

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