Summary Of John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

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Walter Cronkite, a famous American broadcast journalist, once said, “In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.” John Steinbeck, a famous American author, further proves this idea in his novel, East of Eden. The novel follows the lives of two very different families, the Hamiltons and the Trasks, in correlation to the history of the United States. Major ideas regarding the free will of an individual and predestined or chosen morals are continuously argued throughout the story. Critics, such as Peter Lisca in his article The Wide World of John Steinbeck, state that these contradictory messages along with a variety of other factors play into the “distracting” and “unintegrated” aspect of the members of the Hamilton family. He argues that the different paths taken by each of the Hamilton’s essentially creates no contribution to the overall message of the story. In the making of this novel, Steinbeck even said “It’s a kind of sloppy sounding book”, which Lisca quotes in his article. However, Steinbeck goes on to say “but it is not sloppy really”. The variance of perspectives throughout East of Eden and the ‘sloppiness’ that is described can be looked at as a unique sort of structure. The Trasks and the Hamiltons both portray different sides to a story, and each presence contributes to the overall discussion.
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