Cannery Row


John Steinbeck

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The Bear Flag Restaurant

In Cannery Row, Dora Flood’s brothel—called the Bear Flag Restaurant—represents the fact that vice and virtue are often not so easy to separate. Although the Bear Flag is a house of prostitution, Steinbeck…

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The Dead Woman

Because the dead woman that Doc finds in the tidal “flats” of La Jolla elicits such a complicated reaction from him, she becomes a symbol of life’s fundamental complexity. When Doc finds this unknown woman’s…

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