East of Eden Essay

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  • East Of Eden Analysis

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    The biblical story of Cain and Abel also plays a central role in the novel East of Eden. The novel portrays this analogy through the characters of both Charles and Adam, and Cal and Aron. In the Christian Old Testament, The Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve's sons, Cain and Abel, offer sacrifices to God. Because God prefers Abel's gift over Cain's, Cain becomes infuriated and kills his brother in a jealous rage. The characters of Charles and Adam Trask, who share the initials C&A with their biblical

  • East Of Eden Essay

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    When thinking about the gift offering in the biblical story of Cain and Abel and its impact, one can see many similarities in East of Eden. Cain brought to God “the fruit of the ground” and Abel offered God “the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof” (Gen 4 KJV). God preferred the gift of Abel to the gift of Cain. In the first generation of the Trasks, Adam and Charles both give presents to their father Cyrus for his birthday. Although it is clear that Cyrus is no God-like figure, in this

  • East Of Eden Analysis

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    In John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, the plot mainly follows the life of Adam Trask, past and future. His two children, Caleb and Aaron, provide biblical parallels similar to Adam and Charles. The second half of the book is following these two children grow up and mature. When Caleb discovers the truth of his mother, he is overcome with great shock, but soon learns how to cope with the truth. Not only does he simply withstand the news, he grows greatly from it as well. Through this moment, he gaining

  • East Of Eden Analysis

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    In the novel East of Eden, there is a constant battle of the good versus the evil. Characters are forced to fight with the demons within themselves and those in the real world. Adam Trask is a prime example of these struggles; he must confront his evil from the past for him to move on with his life. Adam takes the wise words of his old friend, Samuel Hamilton, and uses his final gift to liberate himself from [Cathy.] Adam’s evil takes the shape of his estranged wife, Cathy Ames, or is later known

  • East Of Eden Literary Analysis

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    piece of monster in all of us.” (Cusatis). Every person has two sides, no one is completely good or completely evil. In the East of Eden, John Steinbeck uses a biblical metaphor to illustrate the innate good and evil that humans encounter. The novel includes several characters that are purely evil or do evil deeds. The Trask family is directly correlated to the Garden of Eden and other biblical narratives. “Steinbeck puts more into his stories than Genesis 4” (Fontenrose). Steinbeck illustrates the

  • Analysis Of The Book ' East Of Eden '

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    Title: East of Eden Significance of the title: The novel is intended to be an allegory for or a retelling of the first few chapters of the Book of Genesis, from Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden through the story of Cain and Abel. “East of Eden” is also the final phrase of the final biblical passage about Cain and Abel, which is an important aspect of this story. Genre: Historical fiction Date of original publication: September 1952 Author: John Steinbeck Setting: The story begins

  • Examples Of Fear In East Of Eden

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    In the novel East of Eden many examples show just how powerful fear can be if used for selfish gain or as a defence mechanism. Fear being one of the biggest overtones (if not the biggest) allows us to see how huge an influence fear can be in a person's life, as with Cathy the main antagonist who lives to hold the fear of her blackmailing someone and men’s sexual desires over their heads to attain whatever her twisted desires are. Cathy the embodiment of evil in the novel, who lives by fear is found

  • East Of Eden Character Analysis

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    Strength or Weakness: Vulnerability in East of Eden In East of Eden, John Steinbeck explores how the personality trait of vulnerability affects an individual. He shows this through Cal (Caleb) Trask’s result in his defensive position from society and a desire to change himself. Cal develops a forced defense against society from his susceptibility. Cal seems to be a powerful person based on his looks; nevertheless, he still has weaknesses. The narrator describes Cal after he hunts with his twin

  • East Of Eden By John Steinbeck

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    John Steinbeck’s novel, “East of Eden”, discloses the answer of right and wrong, good versus evil and overcoming sin with a simple Hebrew word “Timshel”, meaning thou mayest, allowing us the freedom to make our individual decisions or choose our path in life; it’s actually God’s perfect gift to everyone. In the beginning, God grants us free will so that we have the ability to love and accept him or not. However, had God not chosen to grant us free will, we would not be human as we know it today,

  • East Of Eden Character Analysis

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    The novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck revolves around two families, the Trask family and the Hamilton family. Samuel Hamilton an Irish Immigrant, father of nine, and husband to Liza Hamilton meets the Trask family when Adam Trask would need help with an irrigation system for his new farm, when he moved to the Saliana Valleys during the Homestead Act. Samuel Hamilton becomes very close with the Trask family and even birth?? Adam and Cathy's son. After Cathy shots Adam in the shoulder and runs away