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East of Eden
Transcript of East of Eden
"Mr.Edwards was not a concupiscent man, and besides he never mixed his professional life with his private pleasures." Analysis:
the narrator describes her as a "psychic monster"
she originally seems to be the incarnation of evil, her intentions and goals are unknown
later the narrator revises his opinion and wonders whether he was right in calling her a monster Questions Valise (pg. 62): [vuh-lees] a small piece of luggage that can be carried by hand
"Where's your valise?" Sexton (pg. 80): [sek-stuh n] an official of a church charged with taking care of the edifice and its contents, ringing the bell, etc.,
and sometimes burying the dead
"The sexton had found James Grew
stretched on the floor in front of the
altar." Truculently (pg. 112): [truhk-yuh-luh nt-ly] fierce; cruel; savagely brutal
"'How do we know?' Charles said truculently." 2. Why do Charles and Adam represent Cain and Abel from Genesis? 3. Why does Mr. Edwards almost kill the woman that he loves? (Catherine Amesbury) 4. Why did Charles and Adam react so differently to the news of their father's death and their resulting inheritance? 1. The narrator originally believes that Cathy was "not like other people, never was from birth" (72). She performed countless immoral acts throughout this chapter, and her intentions are completely unknown. Her bequeathing of all of her worldly possessions to Aron later on, however, suggests that she may in fact have a conscience. 2. Charles: jealous of the attention Adam receives from Cyrus, suspicious of the inheritance, cynical and pragmatic, obsessed with work, money, and gain
Adam: idealistic, uninterested in financial aspects longs to travel the world, blindly naive and devoted to Cathy 3. Mr. Edwards, interested in learning more about the woman whom he loves, attempts to loosen her tongue with alcohol, and instead discovers her evil and manipulative personality. After learning about her suspicious past, "real fear mixed up in his love, and the precipitate from the mixing of these two is cruelty" (97). 4. Adam naively believes in his father's honesty and morality, despite the evidence of his false stories and suspicious fortune. Charles, cynical as always, suspects his father immediately, since he shares many qualities with Cyrus and looks upon the world in a harsher light. Analysis:
Mr. Edwards fell in love with Catherine before realizing her malicious personality and by the time he did, it was too late
gave her alcohol to loosen her tongue, she insulted him and divulged her true nature
he had her followed and learned the truth of her parents' death
fear and love mixed to form cruelty, he beat her up as punishment Adam finally arrives at the Trask farm, coming home to his brother—with whom he constantly bickers—and a large and suspicious inheritance from his recently deceased father, Cyrus. Nearby, the young Cathy demonstrates her sycophantic nature with the manipulation of young boys and a teacher, the murder of her parents, and the decision to work as a prostitute. After her employer viciously beats her upon discovering her evil nature, Cathy crawls to the Trasks’ doorstep, and while Adam cares for her and falls in love, Charles is immediately suspicious and confronts her. Valise (pg. 62): [vuh-lees] a small piece of luggage that can be carried by hand
"Where's your valise?"