How do the contrasting values in the landscape affect the reader's sense of the valley in East of Eden?

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In East of Eden, John Steinbeck offers a sharp contrast between the areas to the east and west of the Salinas Valley. The Salinas River cuts through the valley, between two different mountain ranges.

On the east side are the Gabilan Mountains. These represent optimism and wholesome qualities of life. They are presented as...

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