Study Guide

Cannery Row Three-Act Plot Analysis

By John Steinbeck

Three-Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Business in the Front

Mack and the boys plot to throw Doc a surprise party, then they work hard—or, as hard as they can, which involves some lying and stealing—to get the money and supplies they need to pull it off.

Act II

Party Down

The party is a total flop. Everyone's mad at Mack and the boys (even we're a little mad at them), and things are looking bleak.


Fight for the Right

If at first you don't succeed, throw a bigger and better party. At least, that's what Mack and the boys decide to do. But this time, the whole community steps in to help, and the party totally rocks.