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East of Eden

In the novel, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Catherine Ames is one of the main characters.She is introduced to the reader as a monster and as time goes on, she possesses both monster like and animal qualities.As Catherine she gets older and wiser, she gets more evil and displays her monster and animal like characteristics.She knows she is powerful and indestructible.She has manipulated and tricked many people her life causing them to go to the extreme… death.
Catherine "Cathy" shows her evilness and her monster like behavior in many scenes throughout the book.Steinbeck illustrates Cathy as being a monster on pages 95 and 96."I believe there are monsters born in the world… It is my belief that Cathy Ames was born with the tendencies, or lack of them, which drove and forced her all of her life," said Steinbeck.Cathy used this to her advantage by making people uneasy, but not so uneasy that they would not run away from her.Cathy was born with an innocent look that fooled many; she had golden blond hair, hazel eyes, a thin and delicate nose, and a small chin to make her face look heart shaped. Acoording to the town Cathy lived, Cathy had a scent of sweetness, but that is just what Cathy wanted the town to see and think when Cathy planned her kill.On page 114-115, "The fire broke out… the Ames house went up like a rocket… Enough remained of Mr. and Mrs. Ames to make sure there were two bodies."Cathy had set the house on fire and broke into the safe to steal the family's money.As the investigators scoped the place, they noticed that the bolts stuck out and there were no keys left in the locks.They knew it was not an accident.Cathy's body was never found, but the town assumed that she died."If it had not been for Cathy's murder, the fire and robbery might have been a coincidence." Steinbeck, again, portrays the reader that Cathy is a monster on…

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East of eden

Clinging together in the face of lonliness and alienation, George and Lennie desperately seek to escape their poverty, and strive to transform their chimerical dream into a reality. This heartfelt dream is what sets George and Lennie aside from the other men, yet ironically it is so easily shattered. Throughout the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, copious comparisons to animals are stated, signifying that their antagonistic way of life was not suitable for humans; This animal imagery helps elucidate the somewhat abstract ideals and character traits present in the text.Lennie's demeanor is compared to many animals,Lennie's death is compared to the death of Curly's dog, and even the end of George's and Lennie's dream is represented by a heron and the snake.
To thoroughly describe Lennie's bizarre disposition, Steinbeck compares him to a bear, horse, terrier, and a bull.Large and capable of violence, yet clueless and tender like a bear Lennie is totally unpredictable at times. Lennie is also similar to a bear in that his hands are huge like bear paws, and in the closing of the story he is said to "Creep as silently as a bear would."Snorting into the water, Lennie reminds George of a horse.Similarly to how Lennie is compared to bear, he is said to be as strong as a bull; Lennie is also reluctant like a terrier who does not want to bring a ball to his master, but Lennie finally gives George his mouse. The brilliantly cryptic foreshadowing of Lennie's death is told through the shooting of Candy's dog. Candy's dog is old and is not useful any more, so therefore the men in the bunk house want to dispose of him. Forcing the reluctant Candy to let them kill his dog was an arduous task, but the insistent nagging finally makes Candy capitulate his old dog to them. The dog is not only unsuspecting, but also helpless to the bullet that passes through the base of his skull k…


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