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  • East of Eden
    Since John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden is a massive book, it's difficult to come up with any general statements that incorporate its entire meaning. However, the novel is a retelling of parts of...

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    Adam first meets his new wife Cathy as she is recovering from a very bad beating by her former beau (who she had been hustling, as Cathy hustles everyone). As her scars begin to heal, Adam decides...

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    Lee is Adam’s Chinese servant towards the beginning of the novel, but eventually he becomes first Samuel’s friend, then Adam’s, then Adam’s boys’ nanny and god parent, as he stays with...

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    In the biblical tale of Genesis, one of the children of Adam and Eve is exiled by God. The story of this exile is the story of Cain and Abel, a story that serves as the central reference for...

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    The Biblical tale of Cain’s murder of his brother Abel first comes up when Samuel and Lee have ganged up on Adam to get him to finally name his newly born twin sons. Samuel jokingly suggests...

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    I certainly think that there are some elements within Steinbeck's life and work that represents a belief in Christianity and the Christian faith. I would suggest that his upbringing is one in...

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    You might find it helpful to start off by thinking of what you mean by a stereotypical female character. Normally we use this phase to think of a mother-type figure who is warm, sensitive, caring...

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  • East of Eden
    A key passage in John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden discusses the importance of the Hebrew word timshel, which is used in the Bible in the story of Cain. Lee explains that the word has been...

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    Critics have been asking this same question since East of Eden was published in 1952. While none can agree that Steinbeck chose wisely, there is at least some understanding of why he chose as he...

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    John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is obviously and unapologetically an allegorical novel, and indeed the allegory has often been considered too heavy-handed and unsubtle. Steinbeck himself took great...

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    I think that Steinbeck is more fascinate with Cain and Abel because of its implications on evil and the nature of being in the world. Certainly, the narrative of Adam and Eve is a part of this....

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    Various characteristics help to make John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden a representative work of modern American literature. Among those characteristics are the following: It is set in...

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    Both "East of Eden" and "Paradise Lost" are significantly influenced by the Biblical stories of the Garden of Eden (Genesis chapter 2), the disobedience of Adam and Eve resulting in their expulsion...

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  • East of Eden
    Steinbeck's novel East of Eden is a symbolic retelling of the Cain and Abel story set in the fertile Salinas Valley of California, and as such the title alludes to the Biblical passage in which...

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  • East of Eden
    That Cathy of John Steinbeck's East of Eden is a temptress like Eve of Genesis is evident early on when Adam Trask falls in love with her; much later in Chapter 25 when Adam learns that she is a...

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  • East of Eden
    John Steinbeck's East of Eden was published for the first time by Viking Press in September 1952, ten years before the writer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The novel was originally...

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    This topic has been discussed on the enotes page listed below. However, here is a quick summary. The main theme is the battle between good and evil. The battle can be between good vs. evil people...

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    Steinbeck-as-narrator reflects on his understanding of the nature of the world. He argues that there is only one story: from birth, men are caught in a “net of good and evil.” And at the...

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  • East of Eden
    Tom works hard on the ranch to make a home. Dessie wants to be happy but the pain keeps returning. She begins to worry about how Tom would survive without her. Dessie, perhaps in an attempt to...

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    Dessie Hamilton is largely the focus of this chapter. Her sisters were all loved, but Dessie was the “warm-beloved.” Her warmth radiates beyond the boundaries of her own family. Everyone...

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    Adam decides to go in person to inform Cathy of her inheritance. Cathy is incredulous and suspects that Adam has ulterior motives, not the least of which, she charges, is to get her run out of...

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    Adam drives into Salinas, hoping for the letter from Charles. He is surprised and saddened to find a letter from a law firm. His brother has died and left him, and Cathy, his entire estate. Adam...

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  • East of Eden
    Adam is impatient for an answer from Charles about whether he will come to California to visit. His wait is made a bit more tolerable, however, by the delivery of his new Ford by Will Hamilton....

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    The boys notice the change in their father as they sit around the dinner table. He is engaged and interested in them, a fact that makes them a bit uncomfortable. Aron tells of Abra’s rejection...

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    The twins shoot a rabbit, but because their quills have become mixed up in each other’s holders, they are unsure who made the kill. The boys decide to tell their father that they do not know who...

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  • East of Eden
    Adam is surprised to find that despite Samuel’s funeral and visit to Kate that he is feeling pretty good. He stops in to visit Will Hamilton to offer his condolences and to purchase his first...

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    Samuel Hamilton has died. Adam attends the funeral in Salinas. Afterwards, he goes into a bar and decides that he is going to go see “Kate” for himself. The bartender warns him to stay away,...

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  • East of Eden
    This chapter is probably the most important thematically to the novel, for it introduces the concept of timshel. Lee and Samuel fall into philosophical discussion. Lee reveals that he and his...

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  • East of Eden
    Chapter 23 begins with a character sketch of Una Hamilton. Una is described as having “the least humor” but had a love of learning which made her her father’s “greatest joy.” Una leaves...

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    Three months have passed. Adam has sunk into a deep depression. Lee becomes both father and mother to the twins. Lee goes into town for supplies and meets Sam Hamilton in the store. Sam is...

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  • East of Eden
    Kate continues her subtle planting of ideas about Faye’s failing health. The staff begins to believe that she is in decline, but more importantly, Faye begins to believe it as well. Kate says...

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  • East of Eden
    Kate shocks Faye by announcing that she is going to be “working” that night. Every day that passes makes Faye think of Kate more and more as a daughter. When Faye objects, Kate knows just...

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    Chapter 19 returns to some general history of the founding of Salinas. Steinbeck, as narrator, remarks on the fact that churches and whorehouses arrived in the valley simultaneously. Both, he...

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  • East of Eden
    Horace Quinn, the new deputy sheriff, is about to go to the Trask home to investigate Adam’s shooting. Adam has claimed that the shooting was a self-inflicted accident but Quinn isn’t buying...

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    Steinbeck returns as narrator and speculates on the nature of Cathy. He cannot decide if his earlier assessment, that she was “a natural born monster” was correct. The problem, he reasons, is...

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    On his way home, Samuel tries again to put his finger on just what it is about Cathy that bothers him so much. He concludes that it is her eyes. “They were not human eyes,” he thinks. The...

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  • East of Eden
    Adam is preoccupied with the future and creating his version of Eden on his new land. He has hired a houseman, Lee Chong, to help with the day-to-day duties. Cathy is waiting for her pregnancy to...

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    Chapter 14 diverges from the narrative for a remembrance from Steinbeck about his mother, Olive Hamilton. None of the Hamilton daughters “were destined to become work-destroyed farm girls.”...

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    Chapter 13 continues on with Steinbeck’s reflections about the nature of man. His summations are encapsulated in this statement: “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the...

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  • East of Eden
    Chapter 12 begins Part Two of the epic. In the opening chapter, Steinbeck takes a break from the saga of the Hamiltons and the Trasks to reflect on the changes that have occurred in the nation and...

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  • East of Eden
    It is a quiet day in the Trask home. Charles hears a noise and assumes it’s a cat. The noise persists. Charles flings open the door to chase the pest away. He is stunned by the discovery of...

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    The narrative returns to Adam and Charles, who continue to live alone and increasingly, are getting on one another’s nerves. Adam does not have the drive to work hard on the farm, especially now...

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  • East of Eden
    Cathy has changed her name to Catherine Amesbury. She meets a man named Mr. Edwards who is a pimp. Through subtle manipulation and agreeing to sleep with the man, Catherine gets him to support...

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    Chapter 8 introduces Cathy Ames, the female character that Steinbeck deems a natural born “monster.” It is his contention that some people in the world are born with malformed minds in just...

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    Adam spends the next five years in the Army. When he is discharged, Adam begins to head back home to Charles. However, on his unhurried trek, he runs out of money and lives the life of a hobo,...

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    Adam has joined the Army and Charles is left on the farm, a lonely bachelor. One day, when out working on the ranch alone and trying to pry loose a boulder, the tool he is using snaps and hits...

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    Chapter 5 returns to the saga of the Hamilton’s and offers a genealogy of their nine children: George, “a sinless boy who grew to be a sinless man”; Will, who had “little imagination but...

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    Enraged by the nearly fatal beating of Adam, Cyrus sets off with a shotgun to find and kill Charles. Charles gets wind of his father’s intent and wisely hides until the threat has passed.Back at...

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  • East of Eden
    Chapter 3 begins with the sad story of young Adam Trask. Adam lives with a belligerent father named Cyrus and with his birth mother. When Cyrus goes off to war and returns home, he has a...

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    Chapter 2 introduces the Hamiltons, one of the two sets of families whose lives will be the intertwined throughout the novel. Samuel and Liza Hamilton, were, in fact, John Steinbeck’s actual...

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