Cannery Row

Do not Judge before You Know It

Cannery Row is a small town full of different characters.   We are introduced to Doc, Lee Chong, Mack and the boys, Dora and the girls, Mary Talbot, and Frankie, among others.   If we look at Cannery Row we may think it’s full of “whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches” (Steinbeck 1).   However, according to Steinbeck it’s full of “saints and angles and martyrs and holy men” (Steinbeck 1).   Steinbeck’s people are helpful people.   They are not perfect, but they try to do nice things to the people who are nice to them. What you give, is what you get.   They are alone, what we mean is that they do not have a real family.   Every person in Cannery Row looks for a group or other person to fit in with.   It’s hard to tell if they are happy because there are a lot of weird deaths, fights and loneliness.   Despite that, they are special people who care about those around them.
We know people in Cannery Row see Dora as a prostitute but she is the only one who has a full life.   She is helpful, social, clean, and owner of the Bear Flag Restaurant.   Based on what Steinbeck says she is good with the “girls” and is helpful to those who need her.   Dora helps out during the flu epidemic as a nursemaid for needy families.   She helps Mack and the boys throw Doc’s party.   We can think she is a bad person because she is a prostitute and has a house where men can meet with the girls, but she is really good person. Steinbeck continues to show that Dora has a noble heart when Doc worries about all the people who are sick and she says, “Is there anything I can do?”(Steinbeck 98).   Yes, she is different person because she sells her body but it does not make her bad.
Mack and the boy like to drink; they do not work and live in the Palace Flophouse.   They steal things to decorate their hose, that’s why people think they’re bad. They try to do nice things to the people who are nice to them, but they do not know how it does. When Mack says, “That Doc is...