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S: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

BC: Project by: Courtney Miller

FC: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

1: Prologue "Cannery Row in Monterey California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses."

2: characters | Mack is the leader of the group of boys that live at the "Palace Flophouse" owned by Lee Chong. He is smart and is good at getting what he wants. | Hazel is also one of the boys and he is the hardest working of them all. He frequently helps Doc collect sea creatures. | Gay is a married man who stays with the boys because his wife beats him. He is a mechanic and helps the boys get a borrowed truck running to help a friend. | Eddie is one of the boys and he works at a bar called La Ida. He brings home left over alcohol for the boys and everyone likes him because of that.

3: characters con't | Doc owns a Biology Laboratory and he collects sea creatures to send out to schools and other scientists to study. He lives alone and often thinks that no one loves him, but he finds out that many people actually do. | Lee Chong owns a shop on Cannery Row that sells everything from alcohol to party decorations. He is caring and he is not afraid to take risks. | Frankie is mentally challenged and was neglected by his mother. When Doc finds Frankie, he invites him to stay with him. Frankie loves Doc and tells him frequently. | Dora Flood is the owner of a brothel but is very helpful during the Depression by helping families pay grocery bills and also during the flu epidemic she watched children whose parent were sick.

4: Monterey Then... | Opening of Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row... | Typical houses in the 1920s were run down and made of wood... | Cannery Row packeged and sold sardines throughout the 1920s... | The "Palace Flophouse" where Mack and the boys lived.

5: ...Monterey Now | ...Monterey Bay Aquarium today is a tourist attraction and cares for hundreds of different of sea creatures. | ...houses in Monterey today are made of stucco and have a mission or hacienda style. |, Cannery Row is full of shops and you can also take tours of old canneries. | Doc's Western Biological Laboratory today.

6: Conflict | Mack and the boys wanted to throw a party for Doc to show their appreciation. They needed to make money so they told Doc they would go catch frogs if they paid him. In order to go to Carmel Valley to catch frogs, they need to fix the truck that Lee Chong lent them. Once they fix it, it breaks down again once in the Valley. The boys manage to steal the parts the truck needs and also capture the frogs to pay for the party.

7: After the destructive party thrown for Doc, a flu epidemic breaks out throughout Monterey. Doc is able to treat patients with medicine he had in his lab and Dora Flood would sit with the families to keep them in good spirits and also watch their children. | When the boys earned enough money, they bought supplies for Doc's party at Lee Chong's store. The night of the party, Doc returned home late at night and found that there were people from all over town that invaded his laboratory and destroyed his property. Mack and the boys apologize and promise to fix everything.

8: "Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck takes place on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. The book shows the many different sorts of people living in this area and that there are nicer places to live, but Cannery Row is proved to be full of dedicated and hard-working people.

9: Prologue "It's inhabitants are, as the man once said, 'whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches,' by which he meant Everybody. Have the man looked through another peephole he might have said, 'Saints and angels and martyrs and holy men,' and he would have meant the same thing." | Prologue "It's inhabitants are, as the man once said, 'whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches,' by which he meant Everybody. Have the man looked through another peephole he might have said, 'Saints and angels and martyrs and holy men,' and he would have meant the same thing."

10: Cannery Row based on the novel by John Steinbeck

11: 'Cannery Row' is a book with no specific plot. It follows the paths of several people who live in Monterey and is designated to show how it's a unique place and why people decide to live in this run down area instead of the nicer areas of town. | FACT: Many of the homes near Cannery Row today were once fish factories. | Plot

12: While the boys are in Carmel, they meet a man known as Captain. His dog recently had puppies and he was looking for people to give them too. He offered one to the boys and Mack happily accepted it. The boys go through good times and bad times with her. | Mack and the boys collect frogs in Carmel Valley for Doc so they can earn money and throw him a party. They borrow Lee Chong's truck to drive there and they promise him that they will fix it. Once in Carmel, the truck breaks down so the boys are forced to steal the parts they need. Eventually, they bring back the frogs and buy the party supplies.

13: Doc leaves to go collect octopuses for his laboratory and Mack and the boys take the party supplies into his lab and set up for Doc's surprise party. They were expecting him to get home early in the night but instead, he did not come home until the morning and he was too late. People that knew there was a party already came and destroyed his lab. Glass was broken and his possessions were stolen. Afterwards, Mack apologized to Doc but he punched him. But when Mack said that they would clean everything up and pay for the damages, Doc said they didn't have to because he knew that they would all feel guilty for a long time.

14: "Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck | Drinking alcohol was the cool thing to do during this time period. Alcohol was at every party in this book. Even Mack and the boys drank it regularly.

15: Gatsby had alcohol at all of his parties and people always were drinking, even though purchasing and selling it was illegal. Gatsby made all of the money he had by bootlegging. | The 1920s was the era of prohibition which made it illegal to sell and buy alcohol. | "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

16: Monterey Then... | ...Monterey Today | |

17: Whale watching trips on the fishing wharf on Cannery Row. There are also a lot of restaurants and shops here. | Breakfast and a beach along Cannery Row.

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