Cannery Row

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How do writers document street life?

G.Orwell, Extract from Down and Out of Paris and London, 1933

  1. Joyce, Extract from Araby ( Dubliners), 1914.

John Steinbeck, Extract from Cannery Row, 1945.

How do writers document street life?

Read the full extract from the opening of Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, 1945.

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Cannery Row is describeD / compared to a poem.

It sounds like a noisy machine. It stinks.

What is the writer wondering about in the end? What is his dilemma?

He wonders how he can write his book without killing the people in it.  


Bonnie & Clyde

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Bonnie & Clyde were real but their story was transformed by Hollywood for the famous movie featuring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in 1967.

Gangster movies are based on real facts but they glamorize them.

Bonnie & Clyde are perfect to create a film: they embody BOTH love and violence. The individualistic values they stand for can relate to the self-made men or rags-to-riches stories but they get rich and famous breaking the law.

  • Can a hero be a gangster?
  • How do outlaws become pop icons?
  • How do 1930s American gangsters illustrate the contradictions of the American Dream?

a slum: bidonville / quartier déshérité

to raise an issue: poser problème / soulever une controverse

law-abiding: respectables / honorables


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