Good And Evil In John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

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This selection from Steinbeck’s East of Eden is a very intriguing part of this book. It serves to condense the entire theme and purpose of the entire novel into approximately 40 lines of text. The main overriding them of this particular excerpt is the same as the main overriding them of the novel. These main themes are the ideas of evil, the difference between the twins (not only Aron and Cal, but Cain and Able also), and how they chose their path; the idea that everyone has a God given choice (timshel, “thou Mayest”) to do good or evil. This passage also has many other more minor ideas that off shoot and help to build up the previous major, recurring themes. One of the main uses of diction in the passage refers to the process of coming of…show more content…
The twin who shows more love and devotion towards his father is the twin who ends up the most hurt by his father’s lack of love. This is one of the many examples that Steinbeck uses to illustrate the idea of rejection and how it effects people and how it causes them to reject others in turn. This continuing circle of rejection, or original sin, is shown by Steinbeck to have originated from the garden of Eden, with the rejection of Adam and Eve, to the original Cain and Able story in which Cain was rejected, and now finally comes to Cain and Able representatives in the more modern world, Caleb and…show more content…
However another one of the main themes in the novel is the idea that everyone has a choice to do good or bad. Whilst Cal believes that he has no choice but to do evil, he unknowingly does good. This may be a sign that Cal’s abilities may be far more extensive that he knows. So while Cal is rejected by Adam, Steinbeck manages to slip in the idea that Cal, as one of the main protagonists of the story may have the ability, and the duty to break this chain of rejection. He may not be the most virtuous of individuals, but he has more power and goodness than he could

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