Cannery Row Character Analysis

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Everybody has their own aspect of what a perfect world is, or a utopian world. In John Steinbeck’s book, Cannery Row is illustrated by outcasts, in a type of perfect world, that are shown as being “gods” yet at the same time they hold traits that are completely opposite. Above each of these outcasts, Doc is held up as being the godliest of them all. Though, at the same time negative aspects can be observed about him. Doc is a very brilliant and compassionate man. Though his being the only highly intelligent resident in Cannery Row is what sets him apart from others. Every single person respects and idolizes Doc, but at the same time, no one can fully comprehend him or give Doc complete company. Even while Hazel accompanies Doc on a trip to the tide pools, Doc is very much shown as being out casted from Hazel and everybody else. In response to Hazel’s question about stink beetles, Doc answers, “The remarkable thing…isn’t that they put their tails up in the air- the really incredible thing is that we find it remarkable” (38). Doc’s answer is full of respectable wisdom and insight on how he sees people’s curiosity. However, it is clear that Hazel does not obtain the concept of Doc’s thought by him later telling the guys, “You can’t understand a thing he says. Know what he said about stink bugs? No- I better not tell you” (50). Where as Doc dives into the thought of how deeply people want to figure out…show more content…
Through out the book Cannery Row Doc is shown as being the one everyone looks up to and asks help from. While describing Doc, Steinbeck even states, “Everyone who knew him was indebted to him. And everyone who thought of him thought next, ‘I really must do something nice for Doc’” (29). Doc does so much to help in Cannery Row that not just a few people, but everybody felt they owed him something. It also isn’t a negative thing because people want to do something nice for
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