By John Steinbeck
Steinbeck's tricky but fascinating portrait of individuals at the margins of society, dependant on each other for either actual and emotional survival
released in 1945, Cannery Rowfocuses at the reputation of existence because it is: either the exuberance of neighborhood and the loneliness of the person. Drawing on his thoughts of the genuine population of Monterey, California, together with longtime good friend Ed Ricketts, Steinbeck interweaves the tales of document, Dora, Mack and his boys, Lee Chong, and the opposite characters during this international the place basically the fittest live to tell the tale, to create a unique that's immediately one in every of his such a lot funny and poignant works. In her advent, Susan Shillinglaw exhibits how the radical expresses, either common and topic, a lot that's primarily Steinbeck: “scientific detachment, empathy towards the lonely and depressed…and, on the darkest level…the terror of isolation and nothingness.”
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We all agree with Girard that "the stereotypical crimes of which [Oedipus] is accused ... 68 Thus it appears for a moment as though Apollo is abetting a persecution after all. But this interpretation presupposes that Apollo's words differ from the other two oracles mentioned in the play. " (hypoth. 2, Aesch. Sept. [= pars 2 fasc. 2 p. i Smith]), Apollo replies that he is ordained to die at the hand of his child (713). In response to Oedipus's question concerning his parents' identity, Apollo says that he will murder his father and sleep with his mother (789-93).
The question of guilt cannot be treated in so cavalier a manner; we should distinguish more clearly than does Girard between the victim either of an annual scapegoating ritual or of a spontaneous eruption of persecution on the one hand and the "fall-guy" made to shoulder all the blame by his fellow conspirators or the self-confessed criminal legitimately punished for his crime on the other; the first category is separated from the second by the all-important issue of guilt. Girard's curious double reasoning on the matter of guilt persists in his treatment of the Oedipus story.
Nub. 89 But tragedy was less liberal in its use of mask changes. 90 Moreover, a change of mask generally indicates a change of character and so suggests that Oedipus has become a new "person" in the etymological sense of the word. 91 The transformation of his character and the inconstancy of his situation contrast in the sharpest possible way with Apollo's constant, unswerving presence. " If the answer is yes (as it might well be), then now for the first and only time in the play Oedipus will leave the threshold of his palace and approach the property altar that has attracted so many other characters to it.