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Pa's brother. He suffers from a guilt complex about his wife's death and feels compelled to acts of fornication and drunkenness occasionally. He lives in the shadow of his sin and continually wonders whether his sins bring misfortunes on the family.
A sharp-faced, lean young man of nineteen. He is married to Rose of Sharon. He finds the journey to California very tough and abandons Rose of Sharon when they reach Hooverville.
Ruthie and Winfield Joad
The two youngest children. Ruthie aged twelve and Winfield aged ten are excited by the prospect of the journey to California. Both behave mischievously and are lively children.
The preacher who baptized Tom Joad. He has given up his calling as a preacher because he felt hypocritical because of his promiscuity.
A lean, short man who lived near the Joads. When his family leaves for California, he refuses to go and stays behind, living an isolated existence. He shares his food with Tom and Casy.
Ivy and Sarah (Sairy) Wilson
The first couple that the Joads meet on their journey towards California. They are from Kansas and like the others are migrating westwards. The Wilsons help the Joads when Grampa dies. The Joads in turn repair the Wilsons' car and suggest that the two families travel together.
Mr. and Mrs. Wainwright
The family who share the opposite end of the boxcar with the Joads in the ending section of the novel.
The young woman who becomes engaged to Al Joad.
The Chairperson of the central committee in the government camp in California.
The man in charge of the entertainment committee who directs the actions against the rioters.
A half-Cherokee, mixed-blood Indian whom Tom meets at the labor camp. The guardians of the Weedpatch labor camp choose him when they need somebody with unusually keen senses to watch the gate during a dance.
The used-car salesman
A man who skillfully manipulates his clients and shows no concern for the people to whom he sells cars.
The gas station owner
A man who acts rudely to the Joads because he feels that they may not buy anything; when they make a purchase, he becomes friendlier.
The one-eyed wrecking-yard assistant
A spiritless and sullen man. His pessimism contrasts with the vigor of the Joads.
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