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Character Analysis Of Cathy Ames In John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

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Cathy Ames makes choices based on how it will benefit herself and makes sure she will prosper from the choices, even if that means destroying everyone else in the process. It appears “that Cathy… was born with tendencies, or lack of them, which drove her and forced her all of her life” (Steinbeck 72). Most humans have natural instincts that allow them to function in a civil society together. Cathy is different however, and is distinct since birth. She makes choices and plans things unlike any of the rest of society. This is a factor on how she develops throughout the novel East of Eden. Cathy meets a man named James Grew, and before he meets Cathy he seems grey. Nothing happens until Cathy comes and “[f]or a time it was noticed that a flame
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