The two men squat on their hams and the women and children listen. Of the Joad family members, Al has the most knowledge of cars, and fears that the rest of the family will blame him if anything goes wrong. A single family moved from the land. He is blunt but respectful with his family. Tom Joad The central character of the novel, Tom is a recently-released inmate who returns home to find that his family has lost their farm and is moving west to California.
He tells his family that he plans to carry on Casy's mission in the world by fighting for social reform. That's some of what done it. Carloads of oranges dumped on the ground. We must think about this. Al would receive complements all over town from people who recognize him and being the brother of a man that was a killer. However, they are not always able to communicate in this way. The land company--that's the bank when it has land --wants tractors, not families on the land.
He hitches a ride with a truck driver at the diner, who presses Tom for information until Tom finally reveals that he was just released from McAlester prison, where he served four years for murdering a man during a fight. It is traceable through manyof the characters such as Jim Casey, Tom Joad, Ma Joad, and Rosa of Sharon. He looks up to his older brother Tom and when they see each other for the first time in years, Al subconsciously emulates him. Pa Joad is an Oklahoma tenant farmer who has been evicted from his farm. There is little difference between this tractor and a tank. Big Families If you come from a large family, or know someone who does, you may find it hard to keep track of them all! Among the novel's characters, Tom shows the most growth in his realization of the concept of human unity and love.
Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, p. By just saying that you live with your family does not hold any values to being a part of the family. Muley Graves A Joad neighbor in Oklahoma. They are never quite defeated, and their survival is itself a triumph. Last accessed: January 14, 2007. This is followed by a more general description of the sale of items by impoverished families who intend to leave Oklahoma for California, as the Joads expect to do. He saw children as a threat to social order, who needed to be removed from.
The plight of the Joad family is universalized as a microcosm of the thousands of other tenant farmers during the country's time of crisis, who suffered from oppression imposed by the banks and big mechanized farm interests. If I did, I'd tell ya. After a man came after Tomwith a knife, Tom hit him over the head with a shovel, and killing him in theprocess. He leaves to seek a new world and to join the movement committed to. A single family moved from the land. Asthe turtle is about to reach his goal, it is returned to it's original location,but it does not waver in it's determination, and continues across the road untilit reaches the other side.
Ruthie Joad The youngest Joad daughter. One right after the other, they got throw'd out. Tom, who has gone into hiding, decides to become a labour organizer. His brother, Noah, may have been brain damaged during childbirth, while his sister, Rose of Sharon called Rosasharn by the family is recently married and pregnant. Life cannot exist in such unbearable conditions.
And they stand still and watch the potatoes float by, listen to the screaming pigs being killed in a ditch and covered with quick-lime, watch the mountains of oranges slop down to a putrefying ooze; and in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. Ruthie Joad - The second and younger Joad daughter. A couple from Kansas, the Wilsons meet the Joads when their touring car breaks down. Four or five persons living under one roof does not become a family. He raises the possibility of a working class insurrection, but cannot find an effective target for collective action.
It happens that every man in a bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. All of the corn crops are gone as well as all other crops. Did they hurt ya and make ya mean mad?. The understanding, the acceptance, the belonging and the security all enclosed together is how a family bond is formed. Becoming short-tempered, Tom tells the suspicious, nervous truck driver about his criminal background during their ride: You know what I'm talkin' about. Rich fellas come up and they die, and their kids ain't no good and they die out, but we keep a-coming.