Essay On Stereotypes In East Of Eden And Snow Falling On Cedars

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A nice array of dominos are set on a wooden table. The suspense builds and the air waits for the first domino to be pushed onto the next. It would only be a matter of seconds until the first domino gets knocked down, and the whole set of perfectly placed dominos would come crashing down one-by-one. Dominos and the domino effect are often used as a symbol to the many situations one can encounter in life. Usually, it is used to describe a problem unfolding itself. In the novels, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, both tackle the issue of racism during the first half of the United States’ 20th century. Acts of prejudice were present, which were frequently rooted from the stereotypes embedded into the minds of a number of Americans. Most of these people, in the “small towns” of each respective novel, would associate an individual with a race (and it’s stereotypes) more often than the actual individuality of the character itself. Although the novels are fictional, it is a nonfiction reflection of societies and its views of minorities at the time. In East of Eden and Snow Falling on Cedars, Steinbeck and…show more content…
These derogatory terms are the long winding rows of dominos, stacked next to each other. One by one, they fall. One by one, the image from above, created by the domino's, becomes clearer. They collapse again and again, and at the end of the curving rows of dominos, are our characters. Would they be able to push the dominos to get themselves out from under them? Will they, too, fall like one of the dominos? Will they outrun these blocks as they cave in? And then, there’s another possibility. One day, there’s the possibility that one of these dominos will miss. But can that really
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