Courage is standing up for someone or something you think is right even when people aren’t looking. Discrimination is showed in Mildred D. Taylor's book Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry to Cassie and her family just because of their race. Cassie has to show courage throughout the book by standing up for Little Man on the first day of school, gaining Lillian Jean's trust, and standing up for herself in Barnetts Mercantile. When Cassie stands up for Little Man on the first day of school, she understands why he says that he doesn't want his book. She knows the trouble she will get in with her teacher Miss Crocker and Mama when she stands up for Little Man.
NAKED is a character driven, supernatural drama of self-discovery. The story also features a forbidden romance. The script conveys solid themes about second chances and forgiveness. The concept is extremely creative and imaginative. The script’s tone is mainly dramatic with a magical sense of style.
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.
The concept of good and evil can be defined as ideas of complete opposites. A person that is good can be described as a person with virtuous morals and beliefs. In contrast, a person that is bad can be described as a person with atrocious morals and beliefs. In East of Eden, John Steinbeck claims that all human thoughts and actions can be narrowed down to a single theme of good and evil; he makes the assertion that a person can only be judged as such after that person has died. When a person dies, his or her traits of virtue and vice are absolute.
Anxiety is another recurring theme in The Metamorphosis. Mrs. Samsa, Gregor’s mother, is a prime example of this. After Gregor’s mother discovers her son has transformed into a bug, she has a hard time staying conscious long enough to even look at him. When Gregor first emerges from his room, she immediately begins screaming and then collapses into the arms of her husband. “‘Help, for God’s sake, help!’
Inner turmoil is something that plagues nearly every character in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The struggle to accept the evil within oneself and the nature of this evil within life itself is very troubling and confusing to many, especially Cal Trask and Lee. Cal struggles over the idea that his evil tendencies are pre determined-his destiny-despite his desire to change. Lee, however, believes that evil is not a predetermined path or an inheritance, but rather something that you can change through self-determination and by embodying the idea of timshel and that with this change, one is cleansed of sin and achieves a greater good that somebody who has never sinned. John Steinbeck develops the idea of predestination and timshel through the
Steinbeck bases his novel, East of Eden, around the Biblical story of Cain and Abel. When Cyrus favors Adam 's birthday gift over Charles ', the jealous Charles nearly beats Adam to death. Similarly, the next generation of brothers, Cal and Aron, are doomed to the same fate and further follow the characteristics of the Cain and Abel fable. In their case, Adam rejects Cal’s birthday present of $15,000, and as a result, Cal kills Aron’s innocence through him showing Aron their mother, a prostitute. Ironically, when Adam first hears of the story of Cain and Abel, he feels outraged at God for favoring Abel at what appears to be at random.
John Steinbeck’s novel “East of Eden” not only depicts the story of Cain and Abel, good versus evil and free choice as well as a narrative of Steinbeck’s own life; it also gives the reader an insightful glimpse into the perils and consequences of unrequited love. This is proven in several characters in the book. Of these, the relationship between Adam and Cathy more prominently displays the perils of unrequited love. John Steinbeck defines love most eloquently in “East of Eden”. Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man.
It is far better to know, to see than to be blind. Yet, ignorance is bliss right? In East of Eden, John Steinbeck explores the attributes that result from personal blindness, compared to personal awareness. Written in 1951, East of Eden is jam packed with examples of these two conditions. However, none illustrated in more depth than in the characters of Cal and Aron.
Author’s have complete creative control over the words that they write. Although, some of the most controversial books are often banned from the open minds of young readers. One of the most controversial endings to have ever been written in American literature is the ending to Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Grapes of Wrath is a story of a family that has to abandon their life as they know it, and move west. The Grapes of Wrath chronicles the struggles of the Joad family as they leave their home in Sallisaw, Oklahoma to find work in California (WIlliams).