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Cannery Row: Introduction
Cannery Row: Plot Summary
Cannery Row: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Cannery Row: Themes
Cannery Row: Quotes
Cannery Row: Characters
Cannery Row: Symbols
Cannery Row: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of John Steinbeck
Historical Context of Cannery Row
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- Full Title: Cannery Row
- When Published: 1945
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Realism
- Setting: Cannery Row in Monterey, California
- Climax: Angry because his home has been trashed by a party he didn’t even attend, Doc punches Mack in the mouth.
- Antagonist: Failures of kindness or empathy
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for Cannery Row
Namesake. In 1958, the street in Monterey, California that Steinbeck writes about in Cannery Row was officially named after the novel.
The Big Screen. In 1982, Cannery Row was adapted as a film featuring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger.