The Grapes of Wrath Questions and Answers
by John Steinbeck

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Compare Uncle John and the one-eyed man from The Grapes of Wrath.

In making a comparison between Uncle John and the one-eyed man, one can say that they both find it difficult to deal with life. Uncle John occasionally turns to drink as a way of submerging the guilt he feels over the death of his wife. The one-eyed man is also going through a hard time. His life is wretched, so he asks Tom and Al to take him with them to California.

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Though both Uncle John and the one-eyed man are going through a tough time in their lives, they deal with their problems in different ways. Uncle John tries his best to live a life of selflessness as a way of atoning for the death, many years before, of his young wife. John had dismissed his wife's complaints of pain as whining, and he's never been able to forgive himself since.

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