Cannery Row


John Steinbeck

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Hughie Character Analysis

A man who lives with Mack and the boys in the Palace Flophouse. Along with Jones, Hughie sometimes collects frogs and cats for Doc. A less prominent member of Mack’s little group, Hughie is responsible for the group’s decision to decorate the flophouse, since he is the first person to bring inside a cot, the house’s first piece of furniture. Later, Hughie and Mack spend three days manually carrying an oven to the flophouse, where it becomes the gang’s prized possession. After the disastrous first party that he and his friends throw for Doc, Hughie gets a job at a cannery, though he quits once the gang decides to plan another surprise party.
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Hughie Character Timeline in Cannery Row

The timeline below shows where the character Hughie appears in Cannery Row. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
Loneliness, Melancholy, and Happiness Theme Icon
When Mack, Hazel, Eddie, Hughie, and Jones first move into the Palace Flophouse, they see it as “little more than... (full context)
Kindness, Empathy, and Friendship Theme Icon
Hughie tells “the boys” that he used to go to Carmel Valley to collect frogs for... (full context)
Chapter 23
Vice and Virtue Theme Icon
Loneliness, Melancholy, and Happiness Theme Icon
Kindness, Empathy, and Friendship Theme Icon
In the aftermath of the disastrous party, Mack and “the boys” are ashamed of themselves. Hughie and Jones even start working at the Hediondo Cannery, and Hazel picks a fight and... (full context)