Cannery Row is a novel John Steinbeck wrote after World War I. At first, the novel almost seems like a humorous book, written in a style commonly used by Steinbeck. The book has its main plot, but also has side chapters that periodically interrupt the main idea, which adds to the story. One would think that these side chapters are there to universalize the book, but in fact that is not true. The side chapters tell their own story, and they have a message that Steinbeck was clearly trying to show through his book. The novel has a main point about respect. In Cannery Row , Steinbeck is trying to say that respectability is the destructive force that preys on the world. Steinbeck uses his characters to tell this story about respect and its effect on society. The central figure of the whole book, Doc, better explains this point by saying, "It has always seemed strange to me . . . The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitive, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second" (131).
In chapter three, the respect issue is brought up and is closely related to chapter four. Chapter three introduces Dora and her prostitutes. It also introduces a character named William, who is the bouncer at Dora's Bear Flag Restaurant. William finds out that the tight society of Cannery Row rejects him and laughs at him. William had no friends and no respect from others, so he thought that suicide was his only way out. Chapter four talks ab...
... middle of paper ...
...s respect was at the lowest it had been in his life when he explained to Doc, "It don't do no good to say I'm sorry. I been sorry all my life" (119).
Respect is something everyone wants in their society. If one is respected, it also brings on a self-comfort in that society. Mack and the boys showed that they had respect even though they were nothing more than bums. Doc always showed unselfish respect and was admired for that. Steinbeck does a perfect job of showing how respect from individuals has an affect on society. Cannery Row is a very humorous book, but it also has its points about respect hidden inside of it. One can find many places where Steinbeck shows the differences of respect in Cannery Row, and there are many more that are hidden in this humorous novel by John Steinbeck.
Steinbeck, John. Cannery Row, Viking Press., New York: 1973.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Faysal Chandoo Ms. Hoelle English 101 12 December 2017 Cannery Row: Respect is Important Cannery Row is densely populated with a group of characters, in the narrative sense of the word and in terms of personalities. There is Dora, an imposing figure of a woman who runs a successful brothel, Henri, the non-French Frenchman, Lee Chong the shrewd but kind-hearted grocer, Doc the scientist, Mack, who leads a small group of men and is loved by the people of Cannery Row, and a host of other fascinating people who make Cannery Row so compelling.... [tags: Respect, John Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts]
1306 words (3.7 pages)
- As night falls on Cannery Row actuality and fear overwhelms the souls as they lay awake at night. At this very moment they are alone to think to ponder their existence their importance their meaning. During the day the things the people of Cannery Row use to fill their void. To give them happiness is gone and for those long hours of the night they are truly alone. The cats, the parties, and companions are gone just for a second. But they return in the morning to calm the weary and the broken spirits of the people in Cannery Row.... [tags: Isolation in Cannery Row]
1218 words (3.5 pages)
- The "Failure" As Hero in Cannery Row It is Doc, in Cannery Row, who provides the objective and nonteleological point of view which is to be found in so many of Steinbeck's works. For Doc, himself freed from the get-get-get philosophy of the world of the machine by virtue of his science, his detachment, his gentleness, and his personal refusal to be pushed into either Social Importance or the role of Social Judge, insists that the boys of the Palace Flophouse are universal symbols rather than mere ne'er-do-wells.... [tags: Cannery Row Essays]
448 words (1.3 pages)
- Many great thinkers view unity as an important part of life. Antoine de Saint-Exuprey said: “One man may hit the mark, another blunder, but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.” The Beatles sang: “I get by with a little help from my friends.” These men, though they lived a century apart, share the same view on unity. This view is also shared by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck displays a clear understanding of the importance of unity in many of his works.... [tags: John Steinbeck]
2576 words (7.4 pages)
- John Steinbeck is a brilliant storyteller capable of crafting such vibrant and captivating literary works that one can effortlessly exit their own life and enter another. John Steinbeck has a passion for divulging the flaws of human nature and he is not afraid to write about the raw and tragic misfortune that plagued the lives of people like the Okies in the Grapes of Wrath and residents of Cannery Row. He was also a brilliant commentator who contributed brilliant opinions on the political and social systems in our world.... [tags: John Steinbeck]
1764 words (5 pages)
- Cannery Row by John Steinbeck is a beautiful story about a small town in California. This story includes many plot line but all build to create a bigger picture. There’s Lee Chong a Chinese man who owns a store on the row; that sells about everything. He is a smart and stern businessman but also softhearted, as he take care of the unfortunate. Then there’s Mack and the boys who live together in run-down fish-meal shack owned by Lee Chong. Mack is the leader of the group. He is a very charismatic man who can charm his way through anything.... [tags: John Steinbeck, Great Depression, Of Mice and Men]
1279 words (3.7 pages)
- Loneliness, Sympathy, and Remuneration in John Steinbeck's Cannery Row Many themes were portrayed in Cannery Row. These themes give the play depth and fascination. The three most significant themes thought are Loneliness, Sympathy, and Remuneration, allowing the story to reach many areas in life. In the story Cannery Row Loneliness is a main theme to the characters lives. One of these themes is Loneliness. 'He was a dark and lonesome looking man' No one loved him. No one cared about him'(Page 6). The severity of his solitude makes this theme one of the most important. The seclusion of this man can penetrate ones innermost thoughts and leave them with a sen... [tags: Cannery Row Essays steinbeck]
680 words (1.9 pages)
- 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.... [tags: Cannery Row Essays]
783 words (2.2 pages)
- Character Development in John Steinbeck's Cannery Row Maybe it's more important to be appreciated than to be wealthy. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (1945) is one of the most unique of all of the Nobel Prize winning novels. Cannery Row is set in a very poor area of California known as Monterey. It is a small port town south of San Francisco. The time era is post Depression and World War II. The novel is about how lower class people with warm hearts have the ability to create their own heaven on earth.... [tags: Cannery Row Essays]
751 words (2.1 pages)
- The theme of Cannery Row, in short, is no less than a poetic statement of human order surrounded by a chaotic and essentially indifferent universe, and this is one reason why the structure of the book does seem so "loose" - why Steinbeckian digressions and interchapters so often interrupt the flow of narrative. A wandering and mysterious Oriental threads his way through the story with no "purpose" but to remind us of the emptiness and pathos and loneliness we all share, things which render our cruelty or ambition futile.... [tags: Cannery Row Essays]
354 words (1 pages)
- Characterization in Albert Camus' The Plague and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot
- A Comparison of Moods in Beowulf and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot
- Comparing the Human Condition in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Waiting for Godot
- The Meaninglessness of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot
- Hopelessness in Albert Camus' The Plague and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot
- Existentialism in Albert Camus' The Plague and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot