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The Negative Impacts Of War In John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

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“World War I saw precedented levels of carnage and destruction”. Between civilians and soldiers there were 16 million fatalities. That is three times the population of Wisconsin. World War I began in 1914 after Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire were fighting against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan, and the United States. These alliance were called central power and allied power. The archduke and his wife were assassinated by Serbian Nationalist Giauvial Princip. Austria-Hungary gave Serbia the option to admit their wrongs or go to war. Austria-Hungary began searching for allies before declaring war. Serbia thought they were plotting so they declared war first. In East of Eden written by John Steinbeck wars are a key part to the story. The main war is World War I. World War I had a negative affect on the East of Eden characters. The things that happen to the characters during World War I prove that there was a negative affect. Aron joins the army, Cal gains money, and Adam gets a new job. Joining the army can be a good idea for some, but it is very dangerous. Aron followed in his father footsteps and joined the army. But him joining the army have a very negative impact. “Your brother is dead” (Steinbeck 594). Aron joined the army unexpectedly. He ran away one day and never came back. So when Lee received the telegram that said he was dead they were not very devastated. In addition to
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