"Tortilla Flat" By John Steinbeck. Essay

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Danny was a poor paisano living in Tortilla Flat with a quest to find ultimate happiness. His search for delight plays a big role in the novel Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck. Danny's friends accompany him in his search for a happy life as well as a life filled with wine and excitement. All of Danny's life changes at a rapid pace and he finds out that happiness is not always the key to a life full of excitement. A long quest for a joyful life takes place in the novel but it is all spoiled by a devastating and tragic event at the end.Danny is poor and is just back from serving many years in the army. He is homeless and he thrives from the leftovers of other people. His friends are all scattered throughout the world and he is alone in Tortilla Flat until he runs into an old friend named Pilon. Pilon has a bottle of whisky so Danny naturally wants to be friends with him again. They drink the night away and realize they want to be happy not live miserable lives. Danny in a state of drunkenness then faintly remembers that he had just inherited two houses. Pilon in disbelief doesn't know what to say, but then he utters one word, "Whorehouses?" Danny's quest for happiness then begins, although all he can think about are his new houses. The next day Danny finds his houses and rents one to Pilon for fifteen dollars a month. This gives Danny a reason to rejoice because now he can make some income. Pilon is also pleased because he has a shelter, but he knows he will never be able to pay rent. One part of Danny's fulfillment of happiness is giving Pilon a nice life. Since Pilon is happy one part of Danny's quest for happiness is immediately fulfilled. After many months Pilon has not paid the rent so he rents out a part of his house to Pablo for fifteen dollars a month. Pablo then rents the house out to Jesus Maria. Now 3 people live in the house and Danny never gets his rent. One night the house burns down because of a fire made by Jesus Maria and all of Pilon's friends go to live with Danny in his house. Danny is not upset but once again is filled with happiness, he now only has responsibility for one house and this pleases him. Then greed sets over Danny and his friends, they want to get money and wine. They decide to try and deceive "The Pirate", but they just feel sorry for him and decide not to rob him but just let him live in Danny' s home. Once again this is part of Danny's happiness, he wants to help others, but things change dramatically.Danny's efforts to help other people are kind but Danny starts to realize this is not...

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