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... How Taoism is Reflected in ‘Cannery Row’ by John Steinbeck (1945) “The world is ruled by letting things take their ” Lao-Tzu
John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, (1945) presented a deceptively simple series of events, with a cast of characters, apparently equally lacking in complexity, at least on the surface. It could be the place, the time, the people, the events, that all combined to create a literary experience that is much more than just stories of those who society might consider losers, bums and no-hopers. But like the Tao Te Ching, Cannery Row portrayed a philosophy of how to live life in a way that achieved levels of balance, happiness and moral virtue. With its themes, and people, Steinbeck’s ...