Time Themes and Colors LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in East of Eden, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Steinbeck suggests that this struggle between good and evil is what makes us human—that, in fact, the triumph and redemption of the human soul consists of this struggle. Her husband Adam, meanwhile, is thought by his Chinese servant Lee to be almost too much good in the way that Catherine is too evil—and because of this he is incapable of seeing Catherine for what she is, and goes dead inside when she leaves him.
Cultural References John Steinbeck had been envisioning his plan for East of Eden well before he began work on it. One of his primary goals for the highly ambitious novel was to tell the story of his maternal family, the Hamiltons, for his two sons John and Thom.
Steinbeck firmly believed this novel was his greatest work and that everything he had written before it was merely practice. Upon completing his manuscript, he wrote to a friend: I finished my book a week ago. I have put all the things I have wanted to write all my life. Having done this I can do anything I want.
Always I had this book waiting to be written. East of Eden reached number one on the fiction bestseller list by November and Steinbeck fans were very passionate in their response to his novel.
Other reviewers were not so gracious. Steinbeck opens the novel by attempting to weave together the stories of the fictional Trask family with the semi-biographical stories of the Hamilton family.
However, many critics fail to see the relevance of the Hamilton family, except for perhaps the character of Samuel. Essentially, some critics have asserted that East of Eden would be more successful as two separate novels which deal with the Hamilton and Trask families respectively.
Benson notes in his biography of Steinbeck: Several of those aspects that had aroused the most criticism became, in an odd twist, the very things that many readers found the most engaging: The novel shot to the second spot on the bestseller list again and has proven to remain highly popular with the reading public.
On one book aficionado website alone, goodreads. Fans still write about this novel as though it were their own. Academics continue to study the novel as well producing scholarship on East of Eden covering a host of diverse subjects, from feminism and motherhood to postmodern narrative techniques.John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Biblical Symbols and Symbolism Words | 6 Pages Biblical Symbolism in East of Eden Throughout the novel East of Eden, Steinbeck uses many biblical references to illustrate clearly the conflict between the opposing forces of good and evil.
Good Versus Evil in East of Eden The idea of good versus evil is illustrated in several ways in John Steinbeck's East of Eden. This is seen through the external conflicts in the novel, the internal conflicts of the characters, and a universal understanding of the battle between good and evil.
East of Eden is an epic novel about individual ethics - whether men and women have the power to choose between good and evil. East of Eden, to be polite, it is not Steinbeck's best novel. Not by a long shot. Steinbeck had wrestled with a moral question and lost.
It was as though he had been thinking. - Good Versus Evil in East of Eden The idea of good versus evil is illustrated in several ways in John Steinbeck's East of Eden.
This is seen through the external conflicts in the novel, the internal conflicts of the characters, and a universal understanding of the battle between good and evil.
East of Eden, novel by John Steinbeck, published in It is a symbolic re-creation of the biblical story of Cain and Abel woven into a history of California’s Salinas Valley. It is a symbolic re-creation of the biblical story of Cain and Abel woven into a history of California’s Salinas Valley.
East of Eden is an epic novel full of good and evil, love and hatred, failure and redemption. About the Book First published in , John Steinbeck's best-seller East of Eden has never gone out of print.