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The Identity of Cathy in "East of Eden" - East of Eden is a story that is based on the biblical stories of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel. Like the story of Adam and Eve, East of Eden has characters that embody Adam and Eve to an extent. While the story of Adam and Eve tells about the beginning of man, how we came to be on this earth, and why we have original sin, East of Eden uses Adam Trask and Cathy Ames as the beginning of a complex and conflicting story of good vs. evil. Adam Trask is presumed to be Adam, good natured and goodhearted, while Cathy is presumed to be Eve....   [tags: East of Eden, characters, Steinbeck, ] 584 words
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Timshel and Three Characters in John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden' - The biblical story of Cain and Abel has been written in more than one way. The King James version of the Bible states that when God speaks to Cain after he had murdered his brother Abel, God said, "Thou shalt" overcome sin. In the standard American version of the Bible, God says "Do thou" which means Cain will certainly overcome sin. The Hebrew word 'timshel' means 'thou mayest' which is arguably the most important two words in John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden. These two words change the meaning of what God said completely....   [tags: John Steinbeck, East of Eden, ] 1599 words
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East of Eden Essay: Criticism of East of Eden - Criticism of East of Eden        Possibly the best piece of criticism I discovered was an essay by Joseph Wood Krutch. Krutch begins by making a statement praising the enormous amount of energy that is required for a book with the scope of East of Eden. Very briefly, Krutch summarizes the novel and draws an analogy between it and The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. Krutch points out that in this novel, Steinbeck has avoided falling into the trap of writing a melodramatic as he has in some other pieces....   [tags: East Eden Essays]
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Summary & Character Descriptions of East of Eden - East of Eden Summary & Character Descriptions Because East of Eden is a novel woven together of many people and many stories, it is an especially difficult novel to summarize. It is impossible to draw character sketches without interweaving them with the storyline, thus, I have combined the characters descriptions and plot summary. The book opens by describing the lives of two very different families in very different parts of America. First the Hamiltons, a patriarch built around the wise but impractical Samuel, who emigrated from Ireland in the early 1900's to start a new life in America in the Salinas Valley....   [tags: East of Eden Essays] 1377 words
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John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Biblical Symbols and Symbolism - Biblical Symbolism in East of Eden   Throughout the novel East of Eden, Steinbeck uses many biblical references to illustrate clearly the conflict between the opposing forces of good and evil. Much of the plot of East of Eden is centered upon the two sets of brothers representing Cain and Abel.  Both pairs are similar to Cain and Abel in the way they go about winning their fathers’ favors.  All four give gifts to their fathers, and the fathers dismiss the gifts of Charles and Caleb, the Cain representations (Marks, Jay Lester....   [tags: East Eden Essays]
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Biblical Symbols and Symbolism in John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Biblical Symbolism in East of Eden John Steinbeck includes more of the tale of Genesis: 4 than is actually told in the bible. The basis of this is a Jewish story involving twin sisters of both Cain and Abel. The two disputed over Abel’s twin whom Abel was to marry. Cain murdered Abel and wed the twin sister of his brother (Fonterose, Joseph. p.3380). The story differs also in that it is Abel who leaves his home instead of Cain. Abel found his Eden, represented by Salinas Valley, but lost it after fathering a second generation very similar to the first, Caleb representing Cain and Aron representing Abel (Fonterose, Joseph....   [tags: East Eden Essays] 692 words
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John Steinbeck's East of Eden - The Gift of Free Will - East of Eden - The Gift of Free Will An excellent benefit of choosing to major in English is that it has allowed me four years to dig deeply into my love of the written word. This involves looking beyond the surface of literature and studying its effects in the course of my everyday life. Some books are easy to read quickly, enjoy, and forget, but others exert an influence that is not easily discarded or forgotten. In my mental library, the classic American novel East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, falls into this category....   [tags: East Eden Essays] 987 words
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John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Religious References - Religious References in East of Eden Religion constantly appears throughout Steinbeck's East of Eden. Among these religious appearances are the similarities between the Cain and Abel story and the characters, the Hebrew word timshel, and the presence of God/Fate in the novel. First, East of Eden is a reenactment of the Cain and Abel tale. Many similarities are seen between the two. The title East of Eden comes from the biblical tale when " 'Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden' " (Steinbeck 352)....   [tags: East Eden Essays] 606 words
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John Steinbeck's East of Eden - A Study in Human Development - East of Eden: A study in human development         The characteristics of people are formed by multiple factors. In many situations, children are raised under similar conditions, however, their later characteristics and life choices are very different. In the book, East of Eden, author John Steinbeck explores the development of humans, from childhood, to adulthood, and eventually, to death. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, is a genealogical novel about the lives of the Trasks, particularly the main character in the book, Adam Trask....   [tags: East Eden Essays]
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John Steinbeck's East of Eden - A Biblical Allegory - East of Eden: A Biblical Allegory       In East of Eden (1952) John Steinbeck creates a powerful novel using biblical allegories. By doing this, he can deliver a clear message by describing something unfamiliar to his audience and comparing it to something more familiar. Set in modern times, East of Eden retells the famous story of the downfall of Adam and Eve, and the jealous rivalry between Cain and Able. Steinbeck also creates many other characters throug his novel, that capture a biblical sense and help portray an image of the vast confusion of life....   [tags: East Eden Essays]
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Cathy Ames as the Devil in John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Cathy Ames as the Devil in East of Eden East of Eden was a novel that explored the roots of evil in its most primal form. Through intricate plot lines and complex characters, John Steinbeck weaved a tale of brutality, cruelty, and isolation. One important character that helped to illustrate the presence of evil throughout the book was Cathy Ames, an intelligent woman who ruthlessly used other people to serve her own needs. When reflecting upon East of Eden, a debate that often surfaces is whether Cathy's evil was a result of nature or nurture....   [tags: East Eden Essays] 709 words
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The American Dream in John Steinbeck's East of Eden - The American Dream in East of Eden It is what every American strives for in life, but no one ever seems to achieve fully; it is the hopes and aspirations of every American, yet rarely are these goals ever met. It is the American Dream. In East of Eden, John Steinbeck displays different aspects of the American Dream through the desires and wishes of each character. Though each character in East of Eden may have a slightly different idea of what the American Dream is, becoming rich and wanting a better life for one's children seem to be a common thread in the lives of Faye and Cathy, Adam, and Cyrus....   [tags: East of Eden Essays] 764 words
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Good vs. Evil in John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Good vs. Evil in East of Eden "God saw that all he had created was very good. You are part of gods creation, and he is pleased with how he made you. If at times you feel worthless or of little value, remember that god made you for a good reason. You are valuable to him." ( Genesis 1:31) I believe that all things created are at first good. The Bible gives pages upon pages of quotes and stories on the battle of good versus evil, but in the story East of Eden we are given what might be the greatest question of it all, and that is if the main character Cathy a.k.a....   [tags: East Eden Essays] 623 words
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John Steinbeck's East of Eden - The Character of Adam Trask - The Character of Adam Trask in East of Eden In Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, the word love is defined as a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. Love can bring two people together but it can also have a person be rejected by another because of love. In the novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck, the main character, Adam Trask, confronts a feeling of love throughout the whole book but he either rejects the love of people who care about him or has his love rejected by the people that he cares about....   [tags: East Eden Essays] 1223 words
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East of Eden Essay: Man's Creation of God Exposed - Man's Creation of God Exposed in East of Eden        "It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them" (133). What would also be absurd would be if we chose to believe in them. The Bible is written like any modern day novel, it is written as though it is real. Of course, in a novel coming from a shepherding people, the all-powerful God character prefers sheep to fruit of the land. John Steinbeck's East of Eden-a retelling of the Cain and Abel story-helps explain many of the reasons why backwards religious ideas are clung to and the faults behind them....   [tags: East Eden Essays]
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John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Good Versus Evil - Good Versus Evil in East of Eden   The idea of good versus evil is illustrated in several ways in John Steinbeck's East of Eden. This is seen through the external conflicts in the novel, the internal conflicts of the characters, and a universal understanding of the battle between good and evil.   External conflicts between the main characters, Cathy and Adam, reflect the idea of good versus evil in their relationship. Cathy, who is much like Satan, creates a huge fight between Adam and his brother Charles with her manipulations....   [tags: East Eden Essays] 976 words
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East of Eden Essay: Steinbeck vs. Christ - East of Eden: Steinbeck vs. Christ In the novel, East of Eden, John Steinbeck proposes the idea that man has much more control over his own destiny than many chose to believe-a conclusion reached from Steinbeck's own interpretation of the story of Cain and Able wherein God neither instructs Cain to master the sin which is crouching at his door, nor predicts that Cain will master it, but rather gives Cain the ability to choose. Taking the text out of context, Steinbeck uses it to convey the message that a man's destiny is up to himself and that the ability to choose to do what is right and wrong is as much a curse as it is a blessing....   [tags: East Eden Essays] 908 words
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John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Confused Notions of Good and Evil - Confused Notions of Good and Evil in East of Eden East of Eden is an epic novel about individual ethics - whether men and women have the power to choose between good and evil. East of Eden, to be polite, it is not Steinbeck's best novel. Not by a long shot. Steinbeck had wrestled with a moral question and lost. It was as though he had been thinking about life, but not too deeply. "East of Eden" was a third-rate best seller, the story of two American families over three generations, seven decades from the Civil War to World War I, told in a book that confuses us with contradictions, that lacks fictional concentration and that wanders in and around too many themes....   [tags: East Eden Essays] 1080 words
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John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Caleb Trask and the Message of Perseverance - Caleb Trask and the Message of Perseverance in East of Eden      Caleb Trask was a man with many faults and shortcomings. Yet, Caleb was also a man who had a deep longing to be perfect and pleasing to his family, a man who craved his father's attention, and a man with a better heart than any other character in the book. In his novel, East of Eden, John Steinbeck uses the character of Caleb Trask to convey the important message of hope and perseverance.               When I first read East of Eden, nothing about Cal Trask's personality or his mannerisms made him likable....   [tags: East Eden Essays]
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Essay on the Character of Caleb Trask in John Steinbeck's East of Eden - The Character of Caleb Trask in East of Eden Cal Trask is one of the most complex characters in John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Through Cal's childhood experiences, his personal motives, and his internal conflict, Steinbeck shows the development of Cal's character. First of all, the most important childhood experience which affects Cal's life is Adam's 12 year abandonment of his sons. Since Cathy ran away, the twins have no mother figure to give them tenderness as they grow up. This absence of open affection leaves Cal unable to express his needs for love and attention....   [tags: East Eden Essays] 717 words
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John Steinbeck's East of Eden: Modern Biblical Story of Cain and Abel - John Steinbeck's East of Eden: Modern Biblical Story of Cain and Abel " And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain, ' Where is Abel thy brother?' And he said, ' I know not. Am I my brother's keeper?' And he said, ' What hast thou done. The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now thou art cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand....   [tags: East Eden Essays]
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East of Eden With Cain and Abel - Gandhi once said, “I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul”. The novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck is an allegory to the biblical story of Cain and Abel, and many of its characters become embodiments of both good and evil. As they struggle to overcome what has been decided for them they are taught they hold the power to overcome and rise above their destiny’s. When the Hebrew idea of “timshel” is introduced to the allegory of Cain and Abel, it become apparent that whether life is predestined or not; mankind holds the ultimate ability of deciding what will become of himself....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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East of Eden, by John Steinbeck - Un-naturalistic When discussing John Steinbeck’s “Great American Novel,” East of Eden, many obvious topics come to mind. Steinbeck’s many biblical allegories to Genesis, more specifically “Adam and Eve”, “Cain and Abel”, and even “Pandora’s Box” come to mind. But, if a reader really wants Steinbeck’s story to come alive, it is important to not look past the allegories and Steinbeck’s running themes of good overcoming evil, but to look deeper into how he used them to develop his story in a non conventional way....   [tags: Thematic Analysis, Un-Naturalistic]
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East of Eden by John Steinbeck - The religious demographic that John Steinbeck's literary classic, “East of Eden”, conveys is that of an understanding and appreciation of the concepts regarding human nature and its morality, freedom, and timshel – or ability to choose between right and wrong. Pelagius, Augustine, and Luther treat the topic of man's “endless struggle between good and evil” with their own educated opinions, although they are all related in the same essence. Furthermore, provided sources link human nature and morality in regard to the Christian Moral Vision and Creationist Morality in present-day society, and show how individual morality is similar and different in terms of nature, purpose, and happiness....   [tags: Reflection on Morality, Christianity] 1161 words
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East of Eden by John Steinbeck - ... 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 thinking about. Even though Steinbeck highlights that Liza is not a realistic woman, she is a devoted wife, being described as “cautious, protective of others, and value social independence” (Zirakzadeh 595). Although Liza would always disagree with Samuel’s creative ideas without telling her thoughts about it, she would always care for him and actually respect his ideas....   [tags: story and character anlaysis] 616 words
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Overview of East of Eden by John Steinbeck - John Steinbeck used his childhood growing up in the Salinas Valley as the backdrop to his 1952 novel, East of Eden. Similar to the Garden of Eden, the Salinas Valley is lush and fertile in some places like the Trask ranch while other places are dry and barren like the Hamilton’s land. Steinbeck “wrote the story of good and evil, embracing love and hate, demonstrating their inseparability” (Krávlová 51). He creates an allegory for the story of Cain and Abel that follow three generations who, despite the fate given them, choose their own destiny....   [tags: salinas valley, evil]
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Free Will in East of Eden by John Steinbeck - Timshel; meaning “thou mayest”, holds a significant role in East of Eden. It shows that anyone can desire to surmount vile in their hearts and create morality within them self. In the novel, Steinbeck portrays the significance of timshel through the introduction of free will, the internal conflict of Caleb, and the blessing of Adam. Steinbeck portrays the significance of timshel through the introduction of free will, which plays an important role in the theme of Cain and Abel and provides the interpretation of Steinbeck....   [tags: timshel, cain and abel, bible]
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Timshel in Steinbeck´s East of Eden - ... To convey his views, Steinbeck structures the sentences accordingly and uses a vast word choice and tone intertwined together. He opens with “Mrs. Trask was a pale, inside-herself woman” (Steinbeck 15), and how “no heat of sun ever reddened her cheeks, and no open laughter raised the corners of her mouth” (Steinbeck 15). The effect of this develops her character, a dark woman with stern thoughts. Beginning with such an eerie sentence also develops the mood, as both diction and tone go hand in hand....   [tags: open, choice, one, evil, dark, side] 521 words
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East Of Eden - Growing up and change is a very important role in a person’s life. Everyday people do this, some for the better and others for the worse. In the movie East of Eden, Aaron is the son that changes for the worse. He becomes a drunk and leaves for a war he doesn’t believe in. As for Abra she takes on the role of support for Cal and his father, Adam. She is the glue for the bond that forms between them. But she soon realizes that the better she knows Cal, the more she starts to fall in love with him....   [tags: essays research papers] 657 words
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East of Eden: An Analysis of Sociopaths - "I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents. Some you can see, misshapen and horrible, with huge heads or tiny bodies; some are born with no arms, no legs, some with three arms, some with tails or mouths in odd places. They are accidents and no one’s fault, as used to be thought. Once they were considered the visible punishment for concealed sins. And just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born. The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?" This is an introduction to the aberrant occurrences that are sociopaths....   [tags: Accidents, Visible Punishments, Concealed Sins]
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A Comparison of East of Eden and Candide - East of Eden and Candide In the midst of 80s nostalgia and remembering the greatness that was this decade, I don't want readers to think that "children of the 80s," are oblivious to great, classic literature and today's current events. Recently, I have read two incredibly amazing books. Furthermore, I have noticed some interesting parallels. The first is East of Eden by John Steinbeck. This novel is an unbelievably grandiose recreation of the Book of Genesis. Salinas County is depicted as a place of incredible purity and innocence, in which people have simple values and work hard to sustain them....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples] 1506 words
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East of Eden - Self Knowledge - Several characters through the course of Steinbeck's novel East of Eden demonstrate a lack of self-knowledge or corruption of the soul. A gap is created between some the character's actions and their true essence as a person. The disparity between a character's conduct and their identity as a human being is often a demonstration of the fight between good and evil within the character's own soul. Caleb, one of Adam Trask's twin boys embodies this struggle vividly throughout his life. This search for self-identity plays into a key theme of the novel, which is that of free will....   [tags: American Literature] 846 words
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Evil In East Of Eden - East of Eden: Is Evil Nature or Nurtured. John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden was inspired by a message he wished to send to his sons. Steinbeck created this epic story to carry his voice and advice to the two young boys whom he loved immensely. He wrote the story of good and evil, including love and hate, demonstrating how they are inseparable. ("East of Eden", Kirjasto) Steinbeck wanted to describe to Thom and John IV, the Salinas Valley, the treasured place in which he grew up. He aspired to detail every element from sights and sounds to colors and smells....   [tags: John Steinbeck] 1548 words
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The Significance of Sibling Rivalry in Steinbeck's East of Eden - East of Eden The struggle of sibling rivalry over ability and temperament has taken East of Eden in a whole new perspective. Steinbeck’s portrait on sibling rivalry shows the good vs. evil of each character in the story. The nature of good vs. evil as natural selection is also seen in siblings, as a compete for something physical, mental, or something emotional. The sibling rivalry from the biblical characters embraced Steinbeck’s characters throughout every concept in the novel, the good vs....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 1394 words
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East of Eden: An Interpretation - East of Eden: An Interpretation I. Cathy Ames - Cathy's main motivation was her desperate and incessant need for money. This held true throughout most of the book; it was only at the very end of her life that she realized that she had been missing something her entire life. This is the reason she left everything that she had amassed to her youngest son, Aron. This act may have been a desperate attempt at making up for the love she was never privileged enough to have. Cathy viewed herself as someone who could outwit most anyone she met -- especially men....   [tags: English Literature] 3756 words
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Setting in John Steinbeck´s East of Eden - ... Her monstrous personality drives her to almost murder her unborn sons, leave her husband and two babies, and start a brothel where she openly manipulates men with sex in cruel ways for the rest of her life. Steinbeck describes this woman as someone who is innately malicious and lives to makes those around her miserable. Throughout the novel Cathy transforms into a devilish character. Her malicious nature is a direct reflection of the sinister Santa Lucias. Together the setting and the characterization remarks on the evil portion of the theme....   [tags: land, evil, good, conflict, theme, personality] 1098 words
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Never Ending War: East of Eden by John Steinbeck - ... You told me. My father is a thief. I’ve got her blood, Abra. Don’t you understand?” (Steinbeck 598). The melancholic Cal is deeply perplexed about his situation. He wants to believe that he is pure and good, but yet believes that his bloodline causes him to do cynical tasks. Not because he wants to, but because it’s hereditary and he’s just is a victim of his ancestry’s past. This is a strong influence to Cal as he is uncertain of what side he belongs to. Ultimately, Cal is left broken and shattered from his situation, never fully understanding where his evil actions came from....   [tags: good, evil, cal dwells] 708 words
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Good vs. Evil in Steinbeck's "East of Eden" - A theme is a unifying or dominant idea in a literary work. Steinbeck described the competition of good versus evil as the story of mankind itself. He believes that every generation to come since Adam and Eve will now be immersed with the struggle of good and evil due to Eve’s curiosity that led to sin, eventually banning both her and Adam from the Garden of Eden. In East of Eden, Steinbeck makes the contest of good versus evil apparent through his contrasting description of the setting, the characters’ opposing personalities, and society’s changing morals....   [tags: Literature Review]
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Angel and The Devil in East of Eden by John Steinbeck - In East of Eden, John Steinbeck tells the history of two generations of different families Hamiltons and the Trasks from around the 1880s to the 1920s. Throughout the Trask family, there is a reoccurring glimpse of the Cain and Abel story reflected in two sets of brothers. Each generation struggles to balance the angel and the devil raging inside them. Steinbeck uses masks to prove no matter how destructive it may be, one will always strive for acceptance from others. Charles Trask, who holds the destructive behavior of Cain, has an acute fear of rejection, despite it being a constant factor in his life....   [tags: hamiltons, fear, profession] 605 words
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Common Themes in Steinbeck's Cannery Row and East of Eden - Cannery Row follows a group of unemployed boys that mostly steal what they need to live off of. Lee Chong, the grocer, lets Mack and the boys stay in a meal shack that they turn into their home, even though he knows they will never pay him rent. The boys show their appreciation to Lee Chong by no longer stealing from his grocery store. The boys also want to do something nice for Doc, who lives across the street from them. They plan to give Doc a party and spend a lot of time trying to get everything perfect for him, although they’re also throwing the party just to have a party for themselves....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay] 1313 words
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Steinbeck's Red Chrysanthemums East of Eden's Grapes - Every great writer creates powerful images and presents story lines that draw their readers deep into the pages of their books, however; any writer would be hard pressed to do so without incorporating their own feelings, trials and tribulations into the plots and John Steinbeck is no exception. Through his appreciation for adventure and willingness to indulge in it, Steinbeck found a myriad of fascinating people in addition to experiences that he was eager to share. Past various negative criticisms and frequent rejections of his work, he manages to provide relatable characters capable of deep connections to those who enter into the realms of his tales....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Female Characters in John Steinbeck´s East of Eden - ... Faye is the owner of a brothel and almost immediately takes in a new girl, Cathy, as her daughter. “There’s plenty for both of us, Kate. I could give you as much as you make and more, and you’d be worth it.” (301) Faye wants to give Cathy (who changed her name to Kate) more than she gives herself, which is not something any other woman who owns a business would do, especially with a girl that she has not known for more than a year. “Faye didn’t feel very good that Saturday night and about ten o’clock Kate persuaded her to go to bed.” (326) Faye had taken a medicine Cathy had given her and suddenly feels a change in mind, but she still allows Cathy to deal with her medical problems instea...   [tags: unrealism, kindness, evil, extreme, society] 545 words
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A Comparison of A Farewell to Arms and East of Eden - A Farewell to Arms and East of Eden "Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while." This quote summarizes Catherine and Henry's love for each other. Even though Catherine died, Henry had a huge space of emptiness left in his heart. Marriages in today's society are very serious relationships although some people don't seem to take them so seriously. Take for example Dennis Rodman, who married Carmen Electra and they divorced a week later. This shows how men are sometimes over powered by looks....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 652 words
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Freedom of Choice in Steinbeck's East of Eden - Our circumstances do not determine our lives. Instead, our lives are determined by our choices. That is not to say that our lives are not impacted by the country in which we were born, the family which we were born to, or the tragedies which touched our lives. We are given a choice of how we respond to those things, and the power of choice means that the lessons and value of our lives is not determined by outside influences, but instead it is determined by our reaction to those influences. In the novel, East of Eden by John Steinbeck theorizes that all individuals have the freedom to make choices in order to triumph over evil....   [tags: John Steinbeck] 451 words
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East of Eden, by John Steinbeck: The Events After the Fall of Adam - “I believe there are monsters born in the world . . . misshapen and horrible . . . accidents and no one’s fault . . . punishments for concealed sins . . . [their] face and body may be perfect . . . ” but they are the product of “a twisted gene or a malformed egg . . . ” (71). Literature, throughout history, has conveyed a plethora of themes, ranging from the struggle to understand divine intervention, to adversity, to the dramatization of life and death. One of the most prestigious and conventional of these themes is the conflict betwixt good and evil....   [tags: Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve] 1225 words
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Isolation Form Love In The Film "east Of Eden" - East of Eden by John Steinbeck is an optimistic film about a boy becoming a man and trying desperately to earn the love of his father and mother in the troubled times of the Great Depression. Cal, the main character is a troubled teen who lives with his entrepreneur father, and a brother who is following closely in his fathers steps. Cal’s mother left him and his brother to become a madam of a whorehouse. The struggle takes place between Cal and his father due to his fathers lack of compassion for his son....   [tags: essays research papers] 640 words
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Insidious Flowers Attract the Greatest Beauty - ... Adam responds lightheartedly to her omen. He convinces himself and her that they will be “born again … in a valley green with alfalfa [and] rows of gum trees” where they can raise their child and be happy. Adam is excited, while Cathy is repulsed by the idea. This is a foreshadowing to the events that take place in Salinas Valley. In California, Cathy is extremely uncomfortable. Adam is a loving and caring man, flourishing in the bright atmosphere. The area that is beautifully filled with, “ … a field of lupins … mixed with … splashes of California poppies” is a perfect spot for Adam’s happy heart, but a perfect breeding ground for Cathy’s undying evil and hatred towards Adam (Steinbeck...   [tags: John Steinbeck's East of Eden] 1011 words
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Message of Hope in East of Eden, Cannery Row, and The Grapes of Wrath - Message of Hope in East of Eden, Cannery Row, and The Grapes of Wrath      When I look at Caleb Trask, I see a man from the book East of Eden to admire.  Although he was a man with many faults and shortcomings, and a man with an unnatural sense of cruelty, he was also a man who had a deep longing to be perfect and pleasing to his family, a man who craved his father's attention, and a man with a better heart than any other character in the book.  When I look at Mack I see a man with more soul and more kindness than any other person on Cannery Row.  He isn't ashamed of his poverty or life as a bum, and he embraces who he is, for all of the good and bad.  He goes to exhaustive lengths to giv...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Relationship between Britain and the United States during the Eden and Macmillan Administrations - SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR II, A ROMANTICISED ‘SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’ between the United States and Britain has been referenced on countless occasions in speeches, books, and essays by academics and statesmen on both sides of the Atlantic.  The relationship has multiple definitions, with no precise doctrine or formal agreement that outlines its tenets, and has been apparent in a myriad of interactions between the two countries. It is visibly apparent culturally as the United States evolved from a nucleus of British settlers to become an English-speaking country, sharing with Great Britain ‘joint aims’ and a ‘common heritage’, as is often referenced in political rhetoric, and by David Watt in...   [tags: Politics Political]
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An Eco-Critical Approach; A Study of Select North East Indian Poets - The study of ecology has gained immense popularity in the recent years as people have become more concerned about the deteriorating environment and eco-system. Thus, in the field of literature, a new approach, Ecocriticism which mainly deals with a critical reading of literary texts in relation to environment, nature and literature, has come forward. As the basic definition suggests that ecocriticism studies the 'relationship between literature and environment'. The paper tries to delve into this issue with specific references to the poetry of the Northeast India....   [tags: ecosystem, ecocrticism, indian poets]
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The Editing of Hemingway's The Garden of Eden - The Editing of Hemingway's The Garden of Eden One deceased master author, one 1500 page manuscript, three previously unsuccessful editing attempts. This equation would scare away most editors. At first, it even scared away Tom Jenks. When his bosses at Scribner’s Publishing asked him to revise Hemingway’s 1500 page manuscript, Jenks initially declined. He told the company, “'I don't care if I never see another Hemingway story again’” (http://narrativemagazine.org/html/eden.htm). For Jenks, “Publishing more Hemingway seemed less interesting than publishing new writers, which is what I came to Scribner's to do” (http://narrativemagazine.org/html/eden.htm)....   [tags: Hemingway The Garden of Eden]
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Peace in the Middle East - Peace in the Middle East There will never be peace in the Middle East. The idea of peace in a certain region is a silly notion. What region has truly ever known peace. Allow me to rephrase my thesis: There will never be peace in the Middle East as long as western powers intervene into Arab affairs. It is common knowledge that throughout history western powers have colonized, occupied, and exploited indigenous people in the name of national interest, national security, and manifest destiny. The Middle East is not exempt....   [tags: Middle East]
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Can Peace in the Middle East Exist? - Will there or can there be peace in the Middle East. My answer may seem very contradictory but in my essay you will understand why. No there can't be any peace in the Middle East. Yes there will be peace in the Middle East. Peace will come only with Christ's return. The very origin of Arabs began with Ishmael. God had given Abraham a promise of a son. Yet instead of waiting on God Sarah grew impatient and gave her handmaid to her husband to bare him a child because she was barren. I guess she was trying to help God out....   [tags: Middle East]
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History of South East Asia - Location South East Asia, a sub region of Asia located in both eastern and northern hemispheres, has been subjected to years of colonial rule. This region is composed of many different countries, including Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Singapore. To the north is China and to the west of Burma is India. Most of South East Asia is located in the Indian Ocean including smaller seas like Andaman Sea, South China Sea, and Philippine Sea....   [tags: South East Asia] 1103 words
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Causes of Mirra Chewing in East Africa - If you go to East Africa for a holiday, you will rarely miss someone in the middle of road absent-mindedly chewing miraa. How can a human being chew that many dry leaves like a goat. Nevertheless, it is a kind of leisure, a fun or a means of entertainment for most of the people out there. Mirra is a type of stimulant herb that grows in East Africa. It mainly grows in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. The funny thing about it is once it gets into you. You get into a plane and visit imaginary places....   [tags: mirra, East Africa, ] 608 words
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Conflicts in the Middle East - Discussion Conflicts have been arising between the Middle East and the West for centauries, and as eras change, the reasons for those conflicts change along according to surrounding world events. Historically, the decline of the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth centaury paved a path for European colonialism, which was ignited by the desire for extra territories and a gate to Asia. Consequently, World War I started, and the conflicts were then mainly about religion. However after the war, when all countries broke out of the European imperialism, England handed the Jewish people a piece of land that originally belonged to the Palestinians in their 1917 Belfour Declaration; Arabs and Middle Ea...   [tags: uses of oil, Afghanistan invasion, East v West] 2546 words
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Middle East Conflict - There is no set definition for the area known as the Middle East since shifts in global power over the years have affected the topography. Now, however, the region can expansively be said to contain “the area from Libya E to Afghanistan, usually including Egypt, Sudan, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the other countries of the Arabian peninsula” (dictionary.com). This geographical definition can be said to contain both the ‘Near East’, ‘Middle East’, and even farther to the East and into Africa be described as the ‘Greater Middle East’, so the Middle East can only be loosely defined, and it is important to know that these countries are separate and do no...   [tags: Middle East History] 861 words
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The Identity of the Middle East: Context, Origin, and Social Influence - ‘‘Utterances can be found, satisfying these conditions, yet such that, they do not ‘describe’ or ‘report’ or constate anything at all, are not ‘true or false’; and the uttering of a sentence is, or is part of the doing of an action, which again would not normally be described as sayingsomething.’’ The performative aspect of language conceptualised by Austin half a century ago, enables a more nuanced approach to the statement ‘The Middle East is an Invention’ than a simple examination whether it is true or false....   [tags: National Identity, Middle East]
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THe Garden of Eden - Milton describes the garden of Eden with exceptionally detailed language and does an exquisite job of portraying his vision of paradise in his writing. Satan journeys to Earth and lands on Mount Niphates were he overlooks paradise. As he draws closer and observes the perfection of Eden, he is enraged by the obvious love for Adam and Eve, who were the reason behind God creating the garden. The perfection of the garden reveals of God’s favor for man and his benevolence for the tender human beings that he carefully created in His own image....   [tags: adam, eve, stan, eath, mount niphates]
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To Commemorate the Soviet Union's Surrender in East Berlin - Today, May 12, 1949, is a day for celebration and for all of us to be grateful for as the Soviet Union surrendered and abandoned the Berlin Blockade in the attempts of blocking U.S-British Allied access to the East German city of Berlin, June 1948. The Berlin Blockade had been broken by the success of the U.S-British Allied airlift of vital supplies to Berlin, East Germany forcing the Soviet Union to lift its 10-month blockade against Berlin. Prior to the Berlin Blockade, the German invasion of Russia, followed an invasion of France united the Soviet Union with Western Europe and later the U.S in alliance against Hitler in World War Two....   [tags: Soviet Union, World War II, East Berlin, military] 809 words
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The Lost Eden - The Lost Eden The story of Martin Eden is a dark but interesting one, written by Jack London, an author from early 20th Century California. Martin’s life is difficult, as he decides to defy society and join the upper class, ultimately alienating his own class while realizing the superficiality of the upper class. Through this journey, Martin embodies and evolves through three main personas, mind sets, or personalities. In the beginning, “Martin’s feeling of social inadequacy developed”(Sinclair 145), as he is a man seeking approval of society, trying to become a successful writer and win the love of an upper class woman, Ruth Morse....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Technology is Eden - Technology is defined as “the application of knowledge to extend human capabilities by equipment or a technique for performing a particular activity”. Technology has become very important part of our lives. I believe that technology in our lives is leading us to Eden. An Eden is a place of complete bliss and delight. Marshall McLuhan's statement that “Invention is the mother of necessities” is very true. This is because if it were not for technology our work would not be as efficient or productive....   [tags: Technology] 668 words
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Eliot's East Coker and Linguistic Devices - The use of language, (taking into account the reader-response theory of Wolfgang Iser), and the cyclical nature of East Coker In my beginning is my end. In succession Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended, Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass. In this discussion I shall be examining Eliot's use of a range of linguistic devices in East Coker. The discussion will focus on how T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1965) employs the medium of language to parallel and reflect his perception of the cyclical and repetitive patterns of the life and death process....   [tags: Eliot East Coker Language Essays]
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Canadian Press Coverage in the Middle East - Canadian Press Coverage in the Middle East In December 1985, the Canadian press reported the death by suicide of hundreds of field mice in the Middle East. In an apparently instinctive reaction to a problem of over-population, the mice willfully plunged to their doom off the cliffs of the Golan Heights. This bizarre story was the subject not only of straight news coverage in the Canadian press, but also of an editorial in the Globe and Mail on December 20. On November 1, 1985, the Globe and Mail also ran a photograph of a visiting Roman Catholic priest from Brazil, saying prayers on the banks of the Jordan River at the site where Christ is said to have been baptized....   [tags: Canada Media Middle East News Essays]
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Martin Eden by Jack London - Jack London is among the many prolific writers from the United States of America who possess great artistic works ranging from great time novels ,short stories to plays just but to mention a few. He is fondly remembered for his great novel, ‘Martin Eden’ published in 1909. In the novel he tries to express the challenges faced by young writers who try to exploit their talent and passion in an area where little opportunities present themselves. This novel has stood the test of time with its relevance evident to date....   [tags: Autobiography, American Writer] 839 words
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Martin Eden, by John London - Introduction Jack London, born in the last quarter of the nineteenth century to Flora Wellman, is among the many prolific writers from the United States of America who possess great artistic works ranging from great time novels ,short stories, plays just to mention but a few. He is fondly remembered for his great novel ‘Martin Eden’ published in 1909. In the novel he tries to express the challenges faced by young writers who try to exploit their talent and passion in an area where little opportunities present themselves....   [tags: Literary Review ]
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