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East Of Eden (Death Of Aron)

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The Death of Aron Aron Trask , a character in the book East of Eden, dies when he is very young. But his death is not a tragedy, it is a blessing to him and all the people who would have been close to him.Aron's father, Adam, was the same way Aron was. He had very low self-esteem, which led him to be picked on and manipulated by other people. Adam had a wife for a little while, and her name was Cathy. Well Cathy wasn't what someone would call an Ideal wife, but Adam thought the world of her. On Adam's and Cathy's honeymoon Cathy told Adam that she couldn't sleep with him because she had a hurt arm. When Adam falls asleep because he took some of Cathy's medication, she walks into Adam's brother's room and "has relations" with him. Later on in the book when Cathy and Adam move away, Cathy finds out that she is pregnant. She tries to kill the baby with a needle when it is still inside her. After she has twins Cathy tries to leave, but Adam tries to stop her. Cathy then pulls out a gun and shoots Adam. Because Adam allowed him self to be so naïve about Cathy's true personality he was devastated when she left him. Adam lied around worthless and depressed for years, and he never really got over Cathy.The same thing would have happened to Aron because he liked an illtempered little girl named Abra. When Caleb, Aron's brother, and Adam are talking about when Aron told Abra that he might never want to get married, Adam asked if Abra liked the idea and Caleb said, "Like it? She got spitting mad. She can get mad sometimes. She took Aron's fountain pen and threw it on the sidewalk and tramped on it. She said she's wasted half her life on Aron."(P. 456) This shows that Aron's girl is very unpleasant and is mean to Aron just like Cathy was to Adam. Also when Caleb asks his brother what he thinks Abra will do if Aron moves away Aron stated, "Abra will do what's best."(P. 476) Then further on Aron said, "Abra's going to do what I want her to do."(P. 476) This shows how Aron has made Abra the perfect woman in his head just like Adam did with Cathy.Had Aron not died as early as he had, he would have not only been manipulated and eventually crushed by Abra, but he would have received more torture from his brother. By the time Aron had left and been killed, he had been hurt and manipulated several times. Caleb's jealousy is what actually led to Aron's death because Caleb brought Aron to see that their mother was a prostitute knowing that Aron thought she was dead. Adam's brother Charles manipulated Adam physically just like Caleb manipulated Aron mentally. When Adam and his brother were quite young they would compete in physical sports. On one such occasion Adam got lucky and hit a ball farther than Charles did. Charles became furious and beat Adam into a pulp. Adam was scared mentally by this and never attempted to beat his brother in any thing else. This is like when Caleb takes his brother to their mothers whore house so that Caleb can rejoice in...

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