Friday, August 20, 2010
Tom is an Admirable Man
So, after reading the book The Grapes of Wrath, which happens to be written by the author John Steinbeck, I found one particular character quite interesting. I honesty cannot believe that I can truthfully say anything close to that about this awful book, but one character did stick out to me. That was the character of Tom Joad. Tom Joad is the main character of the book The Grapes of Wrath. He is what one would call the protagonist. I think that it is very interesting how quickly the author John Steinbeck has the character of Tom Joad grow into the character that would be considered that main protagonist of the story because of how the author introduces the character of Tom Joad. The author John Steinbeck introduces the character of Tom Joad as soon as Tom gets out of jail for murdering a man. It actually amazes me how throughout the story, even after being in prison for four years that Tom never really looks back on this incident and instead focuses more on being a good father rathe than looking into the past. Because of this trait that Tom Joad possesses, his moral and leadership gives the rest of the family some hope and comfort on the way to California and it helps the rest of the family stay positive when it looks doubtful that there are any jobs in California. One character trait that Tom Joad possesses which no other character possesses throughout the story is that whenever something not so great happens, it really never seems to affect Tom in the same ways that the event will affect others. It seems that throughout the story, whenever the family encounters a bad situation, the optimism and leadership of Tom is never shaken. I think that it is quite respectable how a man can do that after he has not seen his family for four years. Tom is an admirable man in the book The Grapes of Wrath.