Unrequited Love In John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

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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 happens to nearly everyone. You can feel it growing or preparing like a fuse burning toward dynamite. It is a feeling in the stomach, a delight of the nerves, of the forearms. The skin tastes the air, and every deep-drawn breath is sweet. Its beginning has the pleasure of a great stretching yawn; it flashes in the brain and the whole world glows outside your eyes. (Steinbeck, John page 130)
To fall in love and have that love reciprocated is one of the greatest feelings a person can experience in life. The problem occurs, when you are in love someone, who cannot counter the love, or maybe the person just does not know how to love.

Samuel Hamilton’s character is based
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She may realize, because he is married, there is a good chance this relationship will not last. Although she loses her enthusiasm for life when the affair ends, she does not go into a deep of a depression as Adam. Nonetheless, she pays a high consequence of losing her business because of it. Aron is looking for a mother figure and with Abra it is a game they play. As time goes on Aron fails to move on to a mature love, whereas Abra desires this kind of love. Although we never see their break up in the “East of Eden” story, we are to understand that Abra’s intention is to make a break from Aron. This is another failed relationship because of misconceived ideas of a loved
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