Study Guide

The Grapes of Wrath Characters

By John Steinbeck

Tom Joad

We'll give you the rundown on Tom Joad. He drinks whiskey on occasion, he used to pull girls'...

Ma Joad

Ma Joad is one tough cookie. Exhibit A in the "Don't Mess With Ma" file is a story Tom tells the...

Pa Joad

Pa Joad may be the patriarch of the family, but he sure is a quiet one. Having fathered six...

Reverend Casy

Who is Reverend Casy? Well, he's a lecherous old man who has given up on his life as a preacher....

Uncle John

Uncle John is Pa Joad's lonely older brother. He's a bit of a recluse, but he's got a big heart...

Granma

Granma is the matriarch of the Joad family. Her heart breaks when her husband dies in the first...

Grampa

Grampa Joad is the family's initial patriarch, and he and his wife have to sleep in the barn in...

Al Joad

Al Joad is Tom Joad's sixteen-year-old brother who likes to "billygoat" and "tomcat" his way...

Rose of Sharon Rivers

Rose of Sharon is Tom's younger sister, and at first her life looks peachy keen. She's...

Connie Rivers

Connie is Rose of Sharon's nineteen-year-old husband who dreams of going to school in California...

Noah Joad

Noah Joad is Ma and Pa Joad's oldest son. He "left the impression of being misshapen, his head or...

Ruthie Joad

Ruthie is Tom Joad's twelve-year-old sister, and she is both "grime-faced and wild" and "a little...

Winfield Joad

Ten years old and "grime-faced," Winfield is the baby of the Joad family, and he's a "trifle of a...

Ivy and Sairy Wilson

Ivy and Sairy Wilson are the first people that the Joads encounter on their journey to...

Muley Graves

Muley is a friend of the Joad family. Like the Joads, Muley's family was forced to leave their...

Willy Feeley

Willy Feeley used to be a friend of the Joad family. Now he works for the landowners, and he...

Floyd Knowles

Floyd is one of the first people that the Joads encounter in California. He lives in the...

Timothy and Wilkie Wallace

Tom meets the Wallaces during his first morning in Weedpatch. They are an incredibly warm and...

Mr. Thomas

Mr. Thomas owns a small farm and gives Tom, Timothy, and Wilkie work digging a ditch. Mr. Thomas...

The Wainwrights

The Wainwrights share the boxcar with the Joads near Tulare, CA. The two families get along...