Good Over Evil In John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

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Each soul born into this life affects people and makes contributions in their sphere of influence. While some people contribute in positive ways striving each day to be kind, caring for others and upholding high morals and standards of society, others seem destined to pass each day hurting people while breaking society's written and unwritten rules for behavior. Free will gives people the capacity to make daily decisions that will determine their destiny and allows people to choose “good over evil.” The idea of free will is also known as tishmel, a Hebrew word meaning “Thou mayest” choose. Tishmel is a significant word to humankind because it offers hope of redemption for all souls. This idea, found in the Bible, is not a promise or an order …show more content…

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 …show more content…

In "Genesis," Adam and Eve's sons, Cain and Abel, offer sacrifices to God. Their son Abel is a shepherd thus he sacrifices his best lamb, while the offering of grain is given to Lord by his brother Cain, the farmer. Since God accepts Abel's gift over Cain's, Cain becomes incensed and murders his brother in a fit of

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