Cannery Row


John Steinbeck

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Joey Character Analysis

A timid young boy whose father committed suicide by taking rat poison. When Joey’s friend Willard tries to provoke him—wanting, for some reason, to get in a fight—Joey kindly dodges each insult, swallowing his pride and listening to Willard speak badly about his father. In this way, Joey avoids getting into a fight with his friend, though a dispute over a penny eventually threatens to turn into a physical altercation. However, the vignette about Joey and Willard ends before it’s clear whether or not they will actually come to blows.
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Joey Character Timeline in Cannery Row

The timeline below shows where the character Joey appears in Cannery Row. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 26
Vice and Virtue Theme Icon
Loneliness, Melancholy, and Happiness Theme Icon
Kindness, Empathy, and Friendship Theme Icon
Two boys named Joey and Willard play in Cannery Row. Willard wants to fight, so he keeps provoking Joey,... (full context)