"Tortilla Flat" by John Steinbeck.

Essay by Shortmofia11Junior High, 9th grade June 2003

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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...