Character Development in John Steinbeck's Cannery Row Essay

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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. The novel starts out with a group of people known as Mack and the boys. None of these men have jobs, and they all live in a small shack at the end of town. Mack and the boys want to do something nice for their loving friend Doc. Doc is a…show more content…
They set up the surprise party at Doc's house, but Doc is late getting home and by the time he gets there, his house is trashed and everyone is passed out drunk. There seems to be a bad feeling haunting the town for a while after the party. As time goes on, Doc, Lee and Mack begin to spend more time together. They encounter many obstacles throughout the rest of the novel. First the whole town comes down with a terrible influenza, then they have to deal with heart ache when they find their friend, dead in the ocean. After things begin to return to normal, Mack and Lee decide to throw another party for their dear friend Doc. This time Doc attends his party and has a wonderful time. He is very happy to have friends like Lee, Mack and the boys to show that he is appreciated. Doc then begins to clean his house while he thinks back on all his memories in the beautiful town known as Cannery Row. Steinbeck develops the characters and their personalities in a unique way, turning a small ordinary town into a magical paradise. The main character, Doc has a strong personality that shows leadership. He is the strong one who holds the stability among all the other characters. He is a gentle, confident, middle-aged man. Everyone in the novel respects Doc and confides in him for all their needs or advice. One quote showing how Doc is a leader to all states, "Doc tips his hat to dogs as he drives by and the dogs look up and smile at him"(23). Doc is well

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