Free Essays On John Steinbeck Cannery Row

John Steinbeck's Cannery Row Essay

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Novel Notes
Plot/Summary: My novel takes place in Monterey, California where Mack and the boys try and to set up a party for doc until things don’t go as planned. Mack, the boys, and a group of unemployed men helping them out. They try and set up the party in Docs lab which is also known as his house. Lee Chong is a grocery store owner and offers to buy Mack and the boys some beer. Mack attempts to do stuff but every time he gets him self in trouble. Eddie is a back up bartender at the local bar and brings home stolen bottles after work. Gay stays with the boys because his wife likes to beat him but he is often in jail or at the bar because of all the fights he gets into with his wife, Doc finds a couple of dead people laying on the…show more content…

Novel Notes
Plot/Summary: My novel takes place in Monterey, California where Mack and the boys try and to set up a party for doc until things don’t go as planned. Mack, the boys, and a group of unemployed men helping them out. They try and set up the party in Docs lab which is also known as his house. Lee Chong is a grocery store owner and offers to buy Mack and the boys some beer. Mack attempts to do stuff but every time he gets him self in trouble. Eddie is a back up bartender at the local bar and brings home stolen bottles after work. Gay stays with the boys because his wife likes to beat him but he is often in jail or at the bar because of all the fights he gets into with his wife, Doc finds a couple of dead people laying on the beach and a couple of people committed suicide. After everything came together the party was a job well done and everyone had a lot of fun. Doc got his party but was very hung over so the next morning was not good for him.

Characters:
• Doc is important in the story because he helps and loves everyone but he always seems to feel like he is always so lonely.
• Henri was a good friend of docs and was a artist. Henri liked to keep up on all of the newest styles from France. He was a sailor and everyone loved the boat he made. Girls always went on of off of the boat.
• Frankie was a mentally challenged boy who was adopted by doc after being abandoned by his mother. One major thing Frankie did in the book was he stole a gift form a jewelry

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John Steinbeck's Cannery Row - Living Heaven on Earth Essay

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Cannery Row: Living Heaven on Earth

Cannery Row (1945), a novel written by John Steinbeck, Nobel Prize winner for Literature, is a book without much of a plot. Instead, it's a novel where setting, atmosphere and most importantly character, take precedence. Steinbeck creates a colorful array of characters struggling to understand their own unique places in the world.

The story is set in the early 20th century, immediately following the Depression and World War II. The characters live in Monterey, California amid the jumble of the sardine fisheries, the "Palace Flophouses", Lee Chong's grocery, Dora's whorehouse, and Doc's Biological Lab. Throughout the book, Steinbeck has the uncanny ability to combine his characters'…show more content…

Steinbeck frequently interrupts the flow of what could be considered the main story line, by throwing short segments into the writing thus introducing a new character (usually not directly connected to the primary story) or referencing some sort of cruel occurrence of real life. For example, in chapter twelve Steinbeck writes about the death of Josh Billings, an author who had come to Monterey. After Billings' death, the doctor dumps his remains into a gulch, where a little boy and his dog later find them. The little boy, not knowing any better, takes the author's remains to use them for fishing. Upon hearing this, the town quickly collects all his insides and puts them in a leaden box, which was placed in Josh Billings' coffin.

The purpose of inserting this anecdote was to show the camaraderie and respect of the people in Cannery Row. At one point in the story, Steinbeck writes, "Josh Billings was a great man, a great writer. He had honored Monterey by dying there and he had been degraded" (64-65). Steinbeck demonstrates that by creating an atmosphere of noble intentions and good feelings for one another, everyone is able to live in a world of peace even when there are bad times.

Steinbeck spends the greater part of the book writing about a party that Mac and the boys plan to throw for Doc. The boys believe that since Doc has always been such a nice guy that

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