East of Eden Group 1: Brielle, Brenda, Heather Vocabulary

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East of Eden

  • Group 1:
  • Brielle, Brenda, Heather


  • Inarticulate (page 26)- adjective: lacking the ability to express oneself, especially
  • Theosophy (page 14)- noun: any various forms of philosophical or religious thought based on a mystical insight into the divine nature
  • Inimical (page 35)- adjective: adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable

Vocabulary (cont.)

  • Indefatigable (page 38)- adjective: incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue
  • Conservatism (page 39)- noun: the disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change

Themes & Symbols

  • Good vs. Evil
  • Mountains- Dark Santa Lucia vs. Light Gabilan mts.
  • Charles vs. Adam (Cain vs. Abel)
  • Cathy Ames’ evil actions and deceitfulness
  • Hamilton’s vs. Trasks
  • Family Dynamic
  • The perspectives of the Hamilton’s and Trask’s

Themes & Symbols cont.

  • The puppy and knife
  • Knife- the grains Cain gave to the Lord
  • Puppy- the lamb Abel sacrificed for God
  • Charles’ scar
  • God left a mark on Cain as punishment for his sin

Allegorical Connections

  • Cain and Abel = Charles and Adam
  • Cain killed Abel
  • Motive: jealousy
  • “And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.”

Allegorical Connections

  • Adam and Eve
  • Cyrus’ death = Original sin
  • Cyrus became fortunate in a dishonest way
  • The wealth (original sin) is passed on to
  • Adam and Charles


  • Samuel Hamilton- Hero
  • Liza Hamilton- Shrew
  • Cathy Ames- Temptress
  • Adam Trask- Loner/Outcast
  • Charles Trask- Villain

Archetypal Images & Situations

  • Water = source of life, purification
  • Fire = Destructive
  • Renewal of Life
    • Adam is no longer fearful of Charles.
    • “It was a good feeling he had, almost as though he himself had been dead and resurrected
    • (Steinbeck 63).


  • Charles and Adam
  • Cyrus and his sons
  • -Before and after his death
  • Adam and society

Works Cited

  • "Cain and Abel Bible Story." Hymns.me.uk. Web. 29 Apr. 2013.
  • Dallgas-Frey, Paul. "Bible Stories for Kids - Cain & Able." Bible Stories for Kids - Cain & Able. Paul Dallgas-Frey, 2004. Web. 30 Apr. 2013.
  • Griben . " John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Religious References East Eden Essays." Free Essays, Term Papers, Research Paper, and Book Report. Web. 29 Apr. 2013.
  • Steinbeck, John. East of Eden. New York: Penguin 1992. 1952. Print.
  • Wyse, Lowell D., 2006. Web. 29 Apr. 2013.

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