Discuss two instances in today's reading where characters turn a shelter into a home.
Domesticity and community are two significant themes in Cannery Row, and in today's reading, we see two examples of characters taking a functional shelter and turning it into a home. Specifically, Mack and the boys become increasingly committed to decorating the Palace Flophouse, and the Malloys turn an abandoned boiler into as nice a place to live as possible, given that it is still a boiler.
Have students first consult chapter 7 and discuss the changes Mack and the boys make. They begin with very utilitarian decorations: Mack designates sleeping areas for each man with boxes of...
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