Pa is the easygoing head of the Joad family. He often feels responsible for taking care of the entire family, even when this task far exceeds his abilities, and he works tirelessly for the Joads’ benefit. He also feels guilt for his firstborn son Noah’s poor health, as he hand-delivered Noah when the child was born. Occasionally, Pa feels emasculated by Ma, who takes a more dominant role in the leadership of the family.
Pa Joad Quotes in The Grapes of Wrath
The The Grapes of Wrath quotes below are all either spoken by Pa Joad or refer to Pa Joad. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Grapes of Wrath published in 2002.).
Chapter 10 Quotes
And now they [the Joads] were weary and frightened because they had gone against a system they did not understand and it had beaten them.
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Pa Joad Character Timeline in The Grapes of Wrath
The timeline below shows where the character Pa Joad appears in The Grapes of Wrath. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...by his wife, Granma Joad. Tom’s older brother, Noah, also comes to say hello. Noah, Pa Joad’s first-born, is strange-looking, emotionally distant, and apathetic. Noah was delivered by Pa himself when... (full context)
...prayer for Grampa, 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... (full context)