Uncle John is Pa Joad’s brother. John is wracked with guilt over the long-past death of his young wife, whose complaints of pain he dismissed as harmless whining. He tries to atone for his sin by living as selflessly as possible; however, he occasionally gives in to temptation and gets drunk.
Uncle John Quotes in The Grapes of Wrath
The The Grapes of Wrath quotes below are all either spoken by Uncle John or refer to Uncle John. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Books edition of The Grapes of Wrath published in 2002.).
Chapter 30 Quotes
“Go down an' tell 'em. Go down in the street an' rot an' tell 'em that way. That's the way you can talk. Don' even know if you was a boy or a girl. Ain't gonna find out. Go on down now, an' lay in the street. Maybe they'll know then.”
Uncle John Character Timeline in The Grapes of Wrath
The timeline below shows where the character Uncle John appears in The Grapes of Wrath. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...and the Joads throw together a slapdash funeral with the Wilsons’ help. Pa and Uncle John debate reporting Grampa’s death legally, which requires a forty dollar fee, but ultimately decide to... (full context)