Topic: The significance of Charley
Charley is Steinbeck’s dog and road trip buddy;a French poodle along for the ride across America. Besides being”man’s best friend,” consider the various functions Charley serves as Steinbeck develops his narrative. Think about whether the text would have been the same if Steinbeck’s travel companion had been a woman or a man. Should you choose this topic, you might try your hand at a really creative interpretation: How might Charley define America compared to Steinbeck? You could also write an argumentative essay on “Travels with Charley” in which you make the argument that the book would be drastically different with a human presence as opposed to a poodle.