A number of characters disappeared during the journey, either died or left the family. It looks like the novelist John Steinback removed them on purpose. What do you think? Explain.
The deaths of Grandpa (soon after the Joad family left home) and Grandma (as they crossed into California) are understandable. Not only are they weakened by age, but their spirits remain back in Oklahoma with the land. Seemingly, the new home is only for the young. The departures of Connie and Noah can also be viewed as the weeding out of the weak. Al leaves the family to start his own, hinting at the small hope of a future...
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