Examples Of Internal Struggles In East Of Eden

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Cal’s Internal Struggle
Not any one person or character has a single characteristic. Personality is made up of a multitude of different things, good and bad. This holds true in John Steinbeck’s, East of Eden, because even though Cal makes immoral decisions he is still human with other admirable attributes.
Cal fights against his nature that was passed down to him by Cathy without ever giving up. He discovers how special Aron is, but keeps his composure, “Cal stared fiercely at his brother, at the pale hair and the wide-set eyes, and he suddenly knew why his father loved Aron, knew it beyond doubt.” (p. 537) Cal realizes the uniqueness of Aron, but he does not give in to jealousy. He simply loves his brother along with Adam even though he
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