Cannery Row Essay            Eng 1A (Lober/May)

Select one of the topics listed below.

    1.  Occasionally a writer of literature, rather than stating the point of his/her story directly, will attempt to communicate his/her ideas through the use of symbols or metaphors.  Identify a specific symbol or metaphor which occurs in Cannery Row and trace Steinbeck's use of it throughout the book.  In the process, discuss the relationship you feel such a symbol or metaphor bears to the meaning of the work as a whole.

    2.  Often an author will use a character either to speak for the author's view of life or to echo the theme of his/her book.  Choose one character from Cannery Row and trace how throughout the book Steinbeck uses that character to demonstrate either a theme of the novel, or, perhaps, a value held by Steinbeck himself.

    3.  Writers of literature traditionally weave one or more unifying ideas or themes throughout a novel.  Identify a specific theme which you feel occurs in Cannery Row and trace Steinbeck's use of it throughout the book by referring to specific scenes or characters.  In the process, discuss how recognition of this theme contributes to your understanding of the meaning of the work as a whole.

Length:  3-4 pages

Due:  Monday 21 November

Essay should include:  title, introduction that includes opener, summary of storyline (plot and introduction of major characters), thesis; paragraphs of support; conclusion; works cited and any necessary parenthetical citation.  As with previous essays, essay should comply with Standard English grammar.