There is no ambiguity about who are the good guys and who are the bad guys are in this film. Ma Joad Ma Joad is the matriarch of the Joad family. A man is often defined by his ability to provide for his family. In this sense, Tom and Casy follow inverted paths in the development of their characters. After Casy has the opportunity to witness his beliefs acted out by the jail inmates, he moves from a position of observation and contemplation to one of action. Her main concern is that the family unit not be broken.
The passage reads: And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. She is the one who decides what needs to be done after Tom kills the strike breaker and she decides when the family needs to leave the boxcar during the flood. In makeshift camps, they hear many stories from others, some returning from California, and the group worries about lessening prospects. On his way he meets Casy , a former preacher who has lost his faith. Casy begins the novel uncertain of how to use his talents as a speaker and spiritual healer if not as the leader of a religious congregation. Ma and Pa Joad These two characters begin the novel as the center of the family; as the trip to California takes its toll, Ma becomes more and more the locus of strength, while Pa becomes weaker.
She is a strong-willed woman, who knows what is necessary to keep the family fed and on the move. Al Joad Sixteen-year-old Joad son. It was the farms of life, and life pushed hard. Pa becomes a broken man upon losing his livelihood and means of supporting his family, forcing Ma to assume leadership. He blames himself for the death of his wife, which took place several years before the story begins, and carries the guilt of that event with him. Slow and quiet, Noah leaves his family behind at a stream near the California border, telling Tom that he feels his parents do not love him as much as they love the other children. An' then a hurt don't hurt so bad, cause it ain't a lonely hurt no more, Rosasharn.
Al Joad Alan Joad is Tom's teenage brother, who is able to fix just about anything. All his characters were real people. Her capacity to sustain life, paired with her suffering and grief for her dead child, liken her to the Virgin Mother and suggest that there is hope to be found even in the bleakest of circumstances. Tom Joad The novel's main character and second Joad son. Lisbeth Sandry Lisbeth is a fundamentalist zealot who complains about the alleged sins that take place at the government camp, including dancing.
Set during the , the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of driven from their home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Al fixes it and the two families travel together for a while. He and his committee members thwart a staged riot attempt by the Farmers Association. At the novel's opening, he hitch hikes his way home after serving four years in the prison for killing a man in a drunken brawl. Once there, unable to find work and increasingly desperate, Pa finds himself looking to Ma Joad for strength and leadership, though he sometimes feels ashamed of his weaker position.
His character is obviously not strong, but he does worry whether his sins have brought the manifold misfortunes upon the Joad family. Eventually Christ was no longer a Jew and strayed from the traditional Hebrew idea of God. Pa Joad Patriarch of the Joad clan. She and Connie have grand notions of making a life for themselves in a city. Consequently, the Joads see no option but to seek work in California, described in handbills as fruitful and offering high pay. He idolizes Tom, but by the end of the novel he has become his own man.
The character that goes through this monumental change is Tom Joad, son of two tenant farmers from Oklahoma. Critically acclaimed, the novel itself won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the year immediately after its publication, 1940. When Pa starts to lose his confidence, Ma becomes more and more decisive, and every choice she makes is designed to hold the family together. The Joad family faces discrimination because of their Okie status but, also encounter compassionate people who are more understanding of the plight of the people who have no other choice. In California, his inability to find work forces him to retreat helplessly into his own thoughts.
The future, which seems illusory and out of reach, does not concern him. He dies in a Christ-like manner saying to his murderers that they do not know what they are doing. This almost breaks Pa's resolve, because he cannot find work and the family has to do with minimal food and poor living conditions. He lived alone and was a man who suffered from depression. From the very beginning of the novel, he wants to leave the family and work in a garage. Jessie Bullitt Jessie is the head of the Ladies Committee at Weedpatch; she gives Ma Joad a tour of the facilities.
Reverend Jim Casy A onetime preacher who too often succumbed to temptation, Casy left the ministry when he realized that he did not believe in absolute ideas of sin. Most notably, the ex-preacher redefines the concept of holiness, suggesting that the most divine aspect of human experience is to be found on earth, among one's fellow humans, rather than amid the clouds. Ma Joad remains steadfast and forces the family through the bereavement. The man is starving to death and the only milk available is the milk Rosasharn carries within her. Instilling that humans cry at the same things. Noah has been slightly deformed since his birth: Pa Joad had to perform the delivery and, panicking, tried to pull him out forcibly. He realizes that his calling lies with the people on the road and accompanies the Joads on their journey to California.