He is also affected by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s statement, “The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” For Werner, his choices were never straightforward. Yet, Werner almost always took
In this thesis, I tried to analyze the Biblical allusions in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The aim of this work was to prove that John Steinbeck used many Biblical allusions, notably the allusions referring to the Biblical story in the fourth chapter of the book Genesis, which is the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, to show the inseparability of the good and the evil and the importance of man’s free will in his life and in the case of overcoming the evil. I found out, that although the readers may acknowledge many similarities and the Biblical allusions in East of Eden, there are also many important differences which essentially outline the message of Steinbeck’s “Big Book”. The allusions begin from the title of the book, East of Eden and
"East of Eden" talking about all ups and downs, virtues and vices, despair and hope, that in the end most clearly evident in the microcosm of several generations of one family. In the universal (internal) conflict between good and evil, which Steinbeck argues, is “the only story we have”, human beings have a choice and where there is a choice, there is a freedom. As far as the novel is just one educational sermon, so it is a hot call to everything that exists on the earth 's hard to live in tolerance, in understanding. Even, if possible, and in love and always in the name of those who will come after
John Steinbeck’s novel “East of Eden,” is a retelling of the biblical story of brothers, Cain and Abel, from the book of Genesis, with a few subtle differences, including redemption for the “evil brother.” This epic tale of the Trask family is set mostly in the Salinas Valley of California at the turn of the twentieth century and during World War I. Adam Trask favors his son Aron over his son Cal, just as God approved of Abel’s sacrifice over that of Cain’s. Steinbeck uses the allusion of biblical brothers, Cain and Abel, to create characters with familiar good and evil archetypes, then allows the evil brother to find redemption, yet their evil mother is not redeemed, thus supporting the Hebrew idea of tishmel as evidence that every soul can choose their
In John Steinbeck’s novel, East of Eden, the author explores mankind’s endeavor to overcome internal and worldly evil by utilizing biblical allusions and circular prose. One can infer that the novel is a great biblical allusion with the story of Cain and Abel from the Book of Genesis being a reoccurring insinuation. Steinbeck applies these biblical allusions to specify the moral and immoral characters in his novel. For example, Charles Trask receives a “long and crinkled scar” on his forehead that “turns dark brown” while he is filled with a malevolent rage (46). Later on in the story, Cathy Ames is also marked with a scar during a grisly altercation with the pimp she was exploiting.
The families similar courses that they pursued allowed for “a new kind of unity in East of Eden” (Lisca) and a better understanding of the major messages in the story. Additionally, the differences that they did have illustrated a broader context for the reader, and the failure by Steinbeck “to achieve fictional concentration” (Lisca) was simply a misunderstanding of Steinbeck’s ability to provide several different perspectives of a controversial topic, which allowed the readers to think about the concepts and formulate an opinion for themselves. The privilege of being given ‘both sides of a story’ not only sparks an intriguing discussion, but it also develops into an inarguably good
This novel illustrates the culture of violence and cruelty of that time. Steinbeck 's characters show different types of inhumanity. Every character feels isolated and lonely, which causes some to attack those who are weaker than they are. Loneliness and the cruelty of others caused George and Lennie to stick together during many hard years, but the violence of their fellow workers overcame George’s good intentions to care for Lennie.
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, reflects the complexities in father/son relationships. The connection between a father and his son is vital to their development. The novel explores the impact of these relations is immense. The central allusion of the novel is comparing several characters to Cain and Abel, who were formed through their attempted relationship with their father-like figure, God. They struggled and vied for the attention, love, and respect of God, which subconsciously influenced their actions and thoughts.
We will soon learn that Eve had been more than lied to. Blinded by his lies this again will be Satan’s first attempt to destroy the seed line that was to lead to the birth of Jesus. “The Man Adam” had now gone against God and thus brought “The Sin”, which is death to the whole Earth including the sixth day creation “Mankind”. To really understand what happened in the Garden of Eden will be revealed in Chapter 7 “Apple or the Truth 7. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; (shame and “The Sin” had come to the 2nd Earth Age); and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.- Not covers for their mouth they had not eaten an “apple” as falsely taught.
The inner struggle between good and evil is one that happens within nearly every character in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Many find that their lives seem inherently evil or inherently good and desire to change their seemingly inevitable fate. However, the path of good or evil is not wholly predetermined, but rather based on self-determination and the inner desire to change. Despite an often distinct line between what we see as good and evil, the real difference between the two is much more complex. In the opening stages of East of Eden, nature within the California valleys is personified to represent this contrast between good and evil.