Al-Qudsi 3Another important factor that stands out in the book is the mixture of characters that presents itself in such an unambiguous way; every single one of themhas a precise and unmovable role within the story. Each character also symbolizes acertain important aspect of the human nature. For example, Tom Jr. symbolizes therebellious spirit found in oppressed beings, human or otherwise, while Granpasymbolizes the reluctance of man (or woman) to be moved from lawful property. Theother family members symbolize different important aspects such as hope, youth,sacrifice, innocence, persistence, admiration, and leadership. The most important of these is sacrifice, which is shown through Casy.The most visibly important link that keeps the family connected and stopsthem from easily moving is Tom Joad Jr. He was originally sentenced to four years inprison after killing a man in self-defense. However, after having behaving well inprison, the officials released him on parole after three years. One of the conditions of his parole stated that he must not leave the state of Oklahoma for a year.As the Joad Family was forced to move reluctantly westward, Tom admittedto his parents the conditions of parole, but the circumstances left no alternatives.Thus, the Joad family moved on westward, already hopeless, and against the law. Thislater played a major role in the novel, for as they moved, their sadness
accumulate,and create an enormous burden that the whole family must join to carry it together.However, as all people are bound to do after carrying the weight of the worldupon their shoulders, Ruthie, at the very young age of 12, dropped her load, andbrought an even greater load when she unwittingly told of her brother
s crimes.Although to most people this would be horrible and they would not be able to take itany more, the Joad
s had already suffered, and because they had a definite purpose intheir minds, one from which it was impossible to shake them from, they went on.