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Group 6 East of Eden project
kate machon 3 June 2013
Transcript of Group 6 East of Eden project
presents Images & Symbols Gardens Innate Wisdom Hands Vocabulary Terms BY: last 100 pages of the book Katie Machere Christian Tedford Aneta Szpernoga Kristen Swerzenski period
one Intrepid Archetypes 1.
3. NOW FOR A VIDEo! Shrew- Hero- Loner/Outcast- (558) the ending Group 6 FINALLY Adj. Resolutely fearless; dauntless “We knew he was intrepid, for he had held his own in various gunfights; besides, he looked like a sheriff- the only kind we knew about” The superhero was intrepid; he would do anything in order to save the day. East of Eden: Modern: Ingratiatingly Charming; Agreeable; Pleasing Adj. “Any way you want it,’ he said ingratiatingly, and a surge of pleasant expectation grew in him” She was acting very ingratiatingly when she was on her job interview. (505) East of Eden: Modern: Querulous Adj. Full of Complaints; Complaining
“His face was querulous” The students’ faces were extremely querulous when they found out that they would have homework over the weekend. (521) East of Eden: Modern: Palaver A conference or discussion “Probably nothing to all the palaver about her” The palaver at the business meeting was meant to come up with a solution to the management problem. Noun (527) East of Eden: Modern: Bohunk Noun A rough, stupid person “We got some crazy bohunk bastards in the sardine fleet” He failed for the year? Wow, what a bohunk! (510) East of Eden: Modern: Lee’s garden that he is planning on planting at the end of the novel symbolizes the “rebirth” of Cal and the hope that now lights his life after his father gave him his blessing before he died. Lee is the most understanding of all of the characters in that he can see that every person has the chance to choose between what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil. - Also parallels earlier event of Cyrus rejecting Charles's gift
God’s rejection of Cain’s gift prompted Cain to kill Abel out of jealousy
- Cal told Aron the truth about their mother out of jealousy
- Aron joined the army the next morning, disgusted after finding out the truth of their mother, and dies while serving in the army
- Cal temporarily loses the battle of good vs. evil to evil when he brings Aron to see Cathy Allegorical Connections - Original inheritance: Cyrus (which was earned through dishonesty and embezzlement) passed down to Charles and Adam, Charles leave it for Adam, Cathy leaves it to Aron
- Cyrus - core of Charles’ - core of Cathy’s
-Represents sin/dishonesty/evil passed down through generations
- Allegory of the story of Adam and Eve- when they were expelled from Eden because of their sin, they passed this sin onto all future generations, tainting the human race with evil
- Prior to Cathy passing on the inheritance to Aron, it had always been passed to two people (Charles and Adam, Adam and Cathy)
-Aron himself held the symbolic weight of evil on his shoulders, and he died before it was allowed to corrupt his life
- Cal, by not being written in Cathy’s will for the inheritance, is symbolically free of the idea of inherited evil - Adam asked, “Do you know where your brother is?”
“No, I don’t,” said Cal. . . .
“He hasn’t been home for two nights. Where is he?”
“How do I know?” said Cal. “Am I supposed to look after him?” (Steinbeck 564)
- Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
He said , “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9)
-While Cain was banished for his crimes, Cal is forgiven and redeems himself, overturning the story of Cain and Abel by showing that Cal had the choice between good and evil Exchange between Adam and Cal parallels the exchange between God and Cain Adam rejects Cal’s gift of $15,000- represents God’s rejection of Cain’s offering of grain Cathy leaves her inheritance to
Aron in her will- - When Adam and Eve betrayed God, they were banished to the Land of Nod which was located east of Eden
-When Cain betrayed God by killing Abel, “Cain went away from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden” (Genesis 4:16)
-Discussion question: How is the title East of Eden significant to the story? Who from the story do you think symbolically ended up in “the Land of Nod, east of Eden”? Significance of the title- East of Eden Tells Cal that he is just a normal and flawed human being, not an evil one
“We all have that heritage, no matter what old land our fathers left. All colors and blends of Americans have somewhat the same tendencies.” (570) Lee is symbolic of innate wisdom Lee -He is the one that people go to for advice
-Helps Adam and Cal Lee as a hero Original Sin the inheritance of large sums of money
Cyrus – Charles – Cathy – Aaron Paternal Rejection Adam rejects the money Cal gives him
“I know why my father loves Aaron. It’s because he looks like her. My father never got over her.” (538) Timshel Lee reassures Cal that he can be good and that he does not have to be evil like his mother
Freedom to overcome evil
Adam blesses Cal by whispering “timshel” before he dies and gives him the freedom to choose his own destiny -Cathy’s hands get worse and the pain becomes unbearable,she begins to carry a morphine bottle around her neck so she can commit suicide if the pain ever becomes too much
-Adam began to lose the feeling in his hands
-Occurred before their deaths Marigolds: Nails of Death “Maybe he’d better put marigolds on his mother’s grave.” (587) YIN&YANG Cal Aron Lee looks through a seed catalogue
New birth or hope
Hope in Cal and Abra overcoming evil
No one left to inherit Cathy’s money (sin) Cal Cal as a loner/ outcast -Rejected by Adam
-Aaron being favored by everyone else Abra -Puts Cal in the right direction
-Brings Cal home to confront Adam about what happened with Aaron Abra as a Shrew Works Cited "East of Eden: Theme Analysis." Novelguide. Novelguide, 1999. Web. 02 June 2013. Steinbeck, John. East of Eden. New York: Penguin, 2002. Print.
"Fun Facts About John Steinbeck." - Life123. IAC, 2013. Web. 02 June 2013.
Macrae, Fr. Gordon J. "In the Land of Nod, East of Eden." These Stone Walls. FRIENDS OF FATHER GORDON MACRAE, 2013. Web. 02 June 2013.
"East of Eden." SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 02 June 2013.
Conflicts Cal v. Himself Aron v. Truth Joe v. Cathy Cathy v. her body Cal v. Aron