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Danny, Chapter 1 hile I have a house, thou hast a house. Give me a drink. Sources:, Critical Companion to John Steinbeck: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work by Jeffrey D. Schultz and Luchen Li, Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Wine & Spirits For the characters, alcohol is a vital part of the carefree life. Glorious Fights The characters get into fights to feel alive and free. King Arthur & His Knights Plot and characters reference Arthur symbolically and satirically. Motifs Empathetic, gentle humanitarian; inspires his friends to help others Jesus Maria Corcoran Artistic, romantic, and supportive friend; accidentally burns down Danny’s second house Pablo Logical scoundrel; likes to view everything through a moral lens, even lying and stealing Pilon Carefree transient; transforms rascals into honorable men and dies by drunken accident Danny Main Characters Steinbeck is best known for his novels examining the experiences of the poor and the oppressed. Steinbeck lived in central California and drew on his background to describe the lives of impoverished Mexican Americans in Tortilla Flat. This comical novel reveals his disdain for mainstream American materialism. JOHN STEINBECK1902–68 Author Danny and his friends lie, cheat, and steal to help themselves and others. Ambiguous Morality By sharing his home, Danny creates a loyal community among scoundrels. Loyal Friendship Inheriting two houses burdens Danny’s carefree life with responsibility. Burdensome Property Danny and his friends are lovable hooligans who love to drink, fight, and enjoy life. When Danny inherits two houses, he shares his good fortune. He and his friends become unlikely heroes who help everyone in town—no matter how much they have to lie, cheat, and steal to do it. Love, Fighting & a Little Wine THEMES English Original Language 1935 Year Published John Steinbeck Author Tortilla Flat Comedy Novel

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