The Grapes of Wrath

Although Uncle John drinks and has licentious tendencies, the reader still has sympathy, if not admiration, for this character. How does Steinbeck accomplish this?

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Steinbeck uses indirect presentation to give us a gentle side to uncle John. He will slip is nieces and nephews candy when he can hardly afford it. He has had a hard life since his wife died. He feels guilty for dismissing her ailment as a stomach ache. He is a kind man inside who quietly kills his pain by drinking.