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The basic human need of being included in society is essential for a fulfilled life.

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The basic human need of being included in society is essential for a fulfilled life. We can all conform to the fact that loneliness and introversion can be one of the most distressing traits one can retain. We can also identify as how much we strive for acceptance within our community. In Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, many various instances depict the importance of being immersed in society. Though the storyline is simple, the main focus of the novel is on the emotions and interactions of a group of people in the cannery district of Monterey. Steinbeck dynamically projects to us a realistic, yet rustic scene in which he precisely portrays each character and gives substantial background information to each one of them so that the reader has a panoramic view of Cannery Row. Everyone longs to be accepted by others and being lonely is ultimately the worst feeling in the world. ...read more.


He resorts to suicide as is unable to with the life he led any longer. Without unconditional positive regard, usually attained from friends and significant others, his self-confidence and sense of belongingness plummeted to almost nonexistent. He claimed that he would "bump himself off ", and consequently no one takes him seriously. Dora responds nonchalantly by saying, "do it in your own time and don't mess up the rugs." And that was the end of William. Frankie is the absolute loner. He had no one until he stumbled across Doc who accepts him although "he couldn't learn and there was something wrong with his coordination." No one in the world including his parents cared about him except Doc. The closeness he has with Doc leads him to steal from Jacob's Jewelry Store. Wanting return the favor for Doc drives him to drastic measures, of which he was not fully aware of due to his limited mental capacity; violating the law. ...read more.


and Mrs. Malloy. The morning following the party Doc awakens and reminisces while reflecting on life as all matters returns to normal on the Cannery Row. Although the party was towards the end of the book, I believe that it symbolizes a belated turning point as well as a happy ending. Finally did all the characters in Cannery Row who attended the party felt mutual vibes; A relaxed feeling of togetherness and cooperation. Being socially rejected can be the worst feeling in the world and Steinbeck's characters depict the human instinct to be included in society. In today's fast paced, ever-changing, and savage world, nothing has changed. People like William, Henri, Frankie, and Mack's gang who are socialized into being lonely through constant rejection do drastic things out of desperation and/or frustration. When everyone finally accepted each other at Doc's party, it merely proves that if only we were a little bit more accepting and not so obsessed with 'fitting in', humans despite their differences, can all be part of one another, creating a closely knit, functional society in which we can all securely and happily live. ...read more.

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