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Textual Analysis Cannery Row John Steinbeck studied writing from time to time at Stanford between 1920 and 1925 but never graduated He later moved to New York where he did manual labor and worked as a journalist While he was there he wrote his first two novels which were unsuccessful However Steinbeck was considered one of the great American novelists of the 20th century After World War II Steinbecks work became more sentimental especially in his piece Cannery Row This book was a depiction of the lives of people who had many hardships yet were able to seek out the true values in life It took place in the time of prosperity after World War II nevertheless the people of Monterey California were living and thinking as though it was still the Great Depression In trying to make their lives better these people relied on one of the main characters Doc for guidance In Steinbecks novel Doc helped others and in return they attempted to help him even though they were not as successful Besides these faithful acts John Steinbecks setting conflicts and characters gave the story a unique style and perspective Since there was no central plot Steinbeck focused on the setting to carry the reader through the book The fixture that was a major contrast to the rest of the book was in the early morning in Cannery Row This was the time of day when everything seemed to have a touch of magic The whole district looked as if it had a hue of silver upon it It was the hour of the pearl--the interval between day and night when time stopped and examined itself Steinbeck 78 Barely anyone was out which made the neighborhood feel more deserted than usual Furthermore the streets showed no sign of bustling At this time worries were forgotten and a new day was born The people of the row appeared content despite the
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