East of Eden by John Steinbeck

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There are two types of people in this world: one that is able to change and others that refuses to change. In the novel, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Steinbeck mainly focuses on female character that can be illustrated as either a person who is able to fit in to changes as a wife and a mother, or who simply just deviates from home and/or family life. Although Steinbeck characterizes Liza as an example of a completely devoted wife and a mother, Steinbeck evokes the idea that a domestic woman is not really true of Liza: but is also independent and adaptable. From others’ perspective, Liza seems to be perfect to the point that others think “she had no weakness. She suffered bravely and uncomplainingly through life, convinced that that was the way her God wanted everyone to live” (Steinbeck 15). Liza would never tell her weakness nor whine to anyone, but her no- nonsense attitude will inspire her to work hard. Her way of living the way God expects people to live would make others think Liza as a non-likeable person. Steinbeck’s depictions of women are “misogynistic” (Gladstein 109), or Steinbeck’s hatred and/ or dislike toward women because Liza would not show her emotions on her face or to how she would act. But she simply just does not show emotions because “why, she does not feel anything because she does not admit they are there” (Steinbeck 269). While others have emotions such as feeling scared or sad, having thoughts about it, Liza would never show what she is

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