The Moon Is Down Theme

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The main characters of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and The Moon is Down experience diverse ordeals but display that “down and out” people may still possess admirable qualities. In the novel Cannery Row, Mack and the boys, a group of creative unemployed men in Montery try to reward Doc for his contributions to the community. This considerate idea backfires even though the main objective intended to be thankfulness. The invaders in The Moon is Down were also placed under a false impression, while the citizen’s hard work helped withdraw the Nazis. The collaboration of the town similarly expresses how Mack and the boys worked eventually to attain their goal. The characters’ forthrightness, use of cooperation, and false impressions reveals their commendable sensibility at heart. A forthright approach allowed the townspeople to obtain resistance against the Nazis, and for Mack and the boys to have a willingness to do something nice for Doc. The townspeople felt greatly afflicted while being conquered by the Nazis, leaving the choice of fleeing or rebeling. Much of the town had decided to rebel following “role models” such as Alex Morden who killed an officer, believing he should finish a task no matter the consequence. Mack and the boys realize that Doc, the town’s popular scientist, has done much to help the community. This neighborly attitude promotes Mack and the boys to throw a party for Doc. For both of the goals to succeed, the characters must work together. The townspeople experience a great desire for retribution as tension builds. The resistance grows, and help from Allied troops allow the townspeople to obtain dynamite. This could be used against the invading forces. The invaders attempt to find some of the dynamite but it becomes too late and the resistance wins in the end. Similarly Mack and the boys collaborate to set up a party for Doc.…...

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