Study Guide

In Dubious Battle Characters

Jim Nolan

When we first meet Jim Nolan, there's not much left of him. He's just gone through the most...

MacLeod (Mac)

Mac has the best possible description of any character in this book. Steinbeck calls him "a large...

Doc Burton

Mac has worked with Doc Burton many times over the years, but still he knows very little about...

London

Our initial impression of London is, well, pretty sparse. When Mac asks the men around the...

Joy

From the moment we meet Joy, we know that something serious has happened to him. Mac explains to...

Dakin

Steinbeck's first description of Dakin is designed to make us not like this guy. He has "veiled...

Al Anderson

Steinbeck portrays Al Anderson as a comfortable, middle-class business owner with a cautiously...

Anderson

Unlike his businessman son, Al, old Anderson is not prospering in his affairs. He's a small...

Dan

Steinbeck has a way of showing us more than one philosophy or point of view in this book. He also...

Sam

Maybe weirdest thing about Sam isn't his love of violence and his general dedication to mayhem....

Dick

Yeah, Steinbeck totally has some 6th-grade-level fun with this character, who uses his good looks...

Lisa

London's daughter-in-law really doesn't play much of a role in this novel—we don't care how...