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East Of Eden Essay

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A monster defines “a person who excites horror by wickedness, cruelty, etcetera.” This idea mainly shines through the character of Cathy Ames, a true monster. She lacks all sense of morals and displays this by causing many evils and harm to every being she encounters. Throughout the novel East of Eden, the author, John Steinbeck, demonstrates evil as an innate characteristic which only grows over time due to an amplifying lust for power.
From her early childhood, Cathy commits crimes unimaginable to any stable individual. She cannot distinguish right from wrong and finds pleasure in cruelty. Steinbeck uses Cathy to display what an innately evil woman truly looks like. He introduces her by ...view middle of the document...

Many believe when someone drinks, the inner being inside shines through, because of one's inability to compose thoughtful decisions. According to this theory, Cathy lacks the inner conscience to decide as a normal person. For example, a principled individual will probably stop themselves from trying to murder someone. However, Cathy on multiple occasions becomes intoxicated and attempts to vigorously harm others. Cathy, born without morals, cannot help but commit evil acts.
According to Cathy, goodness in others equals moral aberration. She does not believe in righteousness. Cathy fears few, but those whom she fears possess honesty and a kind of humanity which Cathy lacks. Samuel Hamilton, for example, causes her “this panic hatred” which haunts her all her life (606). He first understands Kate, seeing her as the equivalent to a demon, chilled by her inhumanity. Samuel holds so much power and good-will in his heart, and acts how a cross would to the devil, putting fear inside her. Cathy's son, Cal Trask, becomes the only other person to put this feeling into her. Along with Sam, Cal also sees his mother as a malicious creature. Cathy finds many of her undesirable traits present in Cal's personality as he turns away from them in fear and repulsion. He tells Cathy he “[is] glad [she's] afraid,” and this hangs over her head, ringing until the moment she dies (605). Meeting her sons and the paranoia over past evil doings, cause Kate to question herself. She begins to wonder if...

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