Cannery Row | Study Guide

John Steinbeck

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Narrator, Preface C annery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink … a nostalgia, a dream. Sources:, Critical Companion to John Steinbeck: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work by Jeffrey Schultz and Luchen Li, Encyclopaedia Britannica, National Steinbeck Center, NPR, The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, Writer by Jackson J. Benson Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Truth Society supposedly values truth but often dislikes it. Isolation Isolation creates loneliness—and sometimes despair. Ambition Ambition most often leads to dissatisfaction and damage. Themes Lee Chong Astute, savvy Chinese grocer experienced in judging people and business deals; generous member of the community Mack Shiftless but resourceful bum skilled at manipulating people; content doing as little as possible to get what he needs Doc Educated, cultured pillar of the community; spends his days collecting specimens and enjoying life Main Characters Steinbeck writes nostalgically of the people and places of his childhood in Monterey, California. After witnessing the horrors of World War II, he created Cannery Row as a comedy with shades of the Great Depression and a main character inspired by his best friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts. JOHN STEINBECK1902–68 Author Lee Chong’s truck represents not only transportation, but opportunity. Lee Chong’s The gopher represents the false belief that hard work and ambition lead to success. Gopher The tide pool symbolizes the community of Cannery Row, teeming with life. Tide Pool The seaside cannery community in Monterey, California, is inhabited by bums, prostitutes, and businesspeople. Mack and the boys overcome many obstacles to throw a party for everyone’s favorite resident, Doc, the local marine biologist and sage. A Biologist, a Bum & a Hell of a Party SYMBOLS English Original Language 1945 Year Published John Steinbeck Author Cannery Row Comedy Novel

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