The Struggle of Good versus Evil in "East of Eden" Analytical Essay by Rob Trek

The Struggle of Good versus Evil in "East of Eden"
A paper which discusses the concepts of good versus evil in John Steinbeck's novel "East of Eden".
# 7953 | 945 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 05, 2003 in Literature (American) , Religion and Theology (The Bible) , English (Analysis)

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A critical analysis of the complexities of good and evil in John Steinbeck's novel, "East of Eden", and a discussion on the way Steinbeck kept the depth of the biblical Cain and Able story with first the characters of Charles and Adam, and later with Cal and Aaron. The paper makes the reader question who is really evil, and who really is good.

From the Paper:

"In John Steinbeck's East of Eden, Adam is much like Abel, and has the love of their father. Charles is like Cain, and desires their father's love. The father loves Adam while Adam does not love his father. Charles loves his father, and desires love from his father back. Charles is jealous of the love Adam receives from their father. Charles shows he is jealous when he worked for a present for their father, which gets rejected, like the fruit from Cain. Adam gives a puppy which his father loves. Charles tries to kill Adam at one point out of jealousy. Charles is a hard working, and seasoned man. Adam is a drifter that is nice to everyone, and chosen as the favorite child by their father."

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