This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Essay Describing The Use Of Religious Aspects In The Book "East Of Eden" By John Steinebck; Uses "Timshel" And The Story Of Cain And Abel; Shows Different Aspects Of The Characters Using These Stories

904 words - 4 pages

"He who has never envied the vegetable has missed the human drama," E.M. Cioran. Human character can be described as sensitive, charismatic, cunning, evil, and even animalistic. There are many instances in Steinbeck's East of Eden when the characters' actions are interpreted using Biblical stories or situations. In John Steinbeck's novel, East of Eden, his incorporation of Biblical stories aides in his scrutiny and interpretation of human nature. By using the story of Cain and Abel, along with the ever-popular translation of timshel, Steinbeck forces his readers to look at the characters he has developed in unusual ways.The story of Cain and Abel is one strong Biblical reference used in the novel, East of Eden. This is a theme that can be seen throughout the story. Like Lee said when he, Adam and Samuel were naming the boys, "...the Cain and Abel story...I think it is the symbol story of the human soul...The greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and that rejection is the hell he fears..."(270). The story of Cain and Abel truly is symbolic of the human soul, with love being the desirable emotion and rejection the feared. One of the two strong examples of this in East of Eden is the triangular relationship among the Trasks: Cyrus, Adam, and Charles. Charles fought for Cyrus's love although Adam forever won it, effortlessly, as stated by Cyrus when he said, "...I love you better..."(28). On pages 29-30, Charles and Adam get into a very lively fight. It is then established that Charles feels his father has no love for him, yet adores Adam. After Charles confronted Adam about their father's love and beat Adam senseless, Adam and Charles' mother had a talk. "He doesn't think his father loves him..."she said (33). This is, as Lee would've said, the greatest terror a child could have. By using the story of Cain and Abel compared to the one of Charles and Adam. By using the Biblical story, we see a different aspect of Charles. In Charles, we see a submissive, fearful side that is very different from the aggressive, powerful one he usually shows.The Cain and Abel relationship is also presented through Cal's relationship with Adam, his father. After Aron and Cal have grown to the age of seventeen, and Cal has already lost in the fight for Adam's love to his brother, he tries persistently to be more like Aron, in order to be loved. "'Now, how about your father?'/'I love him.'/'And he loves your brother better.'/'I don't know.'"(480). This one part of the discussion between Will Hamilton (longtime family friend of the Trasks) and Cal openly...

Find Another Essay On Essay describing the use of religious aspects in the book "East of Eden" by John Steinebck; uses "timshel" and the story of Cain and Abel; shows different aspects of the characters using these stories

cain and abel timshel free will

1237 words - 5 pages In East Of Eden, a main theme that is displayed is the freedom to overcome evil in the world. The hebrew word that Lee uses to convince Cal to overcome sin is timshel, which is the freedom of choice. The word timshel translates to “thou mayest” and is used by God in the Cain and Abel story telling Cain that he has the opportunity to overcome sin. Free will does not just come easily, but it will come if you have the will to fight for it. The

How Cathy is evil in the book "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck

1483 words - 6 pages some major felonies toward God such as committing adultery. First, adultery means having sexual relations between an individual who is married and someone who is not the individual's spouse. In Christianity, adultery is considered a major sin which shows betrayal and lack of trust by that individual in the marriage. In the last two lines of Chapter 11, it states "Suddenly Charles laughed. "The Poor bastard," he said, and he threw back the blanket

Angel and The Devil in East of Eden by John Steinbeck

797 words - 4 pages In East of Eden, John Steinbeck tells the history of two generations of different families Hamiltons and the Trasks from around the 1880s to the 1920s. Throughout the Trask family, there is a reoccurring glimpse of the Cain and Abel story reflected in two sets of brothers. Each generation struggles to balance the angel and the devil raging inside them. Steinbeck uses masks to prove no matter how destructive it may be, one will always strive for

The Merchant of Venice Essay - Positive and Negative aspects of 3 characters in the play

1147 words - 5 pages , as the same applies in real life. In this essay, the positive and negative aspects of Antonio, Portia, and Shylock will be discussed, and the effect of these aspects on the total outcome of the play.Shakespeare was successful in creating many complex characters in The Merchant of Venice, although from my point of view, Antonio is one of the less complex characters introduced in this play. Antonio is a good and generous man, who promises to pay

Social and cultural aspects in the story of an hour

1120 words - 5 pages Social and Cultural Aspects in The Story of an Hour An independent woman, Louise Mallard, receives the news that her husband had lost his life in a tragic train accident. Louise cries dramatically, as many other women would. “She wept at once, with sudden wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms.” (Chopin, 15) Mrs. Mallard then went alone to her room. After the devastating news had the opportunity to sink in, she realizes that maybe this was a

Compare the main aspects and characters of Animal Farm to the main characters and aspects of the Russian Revolution

641 words - 3 pages , it can be concluded that there are many aspects and characters in the novel Animal Farm that can be compared to the situation and the participants of the Russian Revolution of 1917. George Orwell cleverly satirises the Revolution and the characters of the timeBibliography: The Book

The Different Aspects of the Learning Environment

865 words - 4 pages classmates, and others in the learning environment (presenters, guest lecturers, etc.). An example of a teacher who demonstrated social context was Jaime Escalante when he was trying to get his students to comprehend the subject matter he was teaching; unfortunately, his students did not comprehend the subject matter, instead Escalante used his example that he was using and related it back to his students’ lives by incorporating their Mayan culture as

In 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare presents many aspects of the theme of love. Explore these

566 words - 2 pages In 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare uses many forms of love to great effect. It transforms characters, including Lord and Lady Capulet, Lord Montague, Paris, Romeo, and Juliet; breeds hate; over comes great barriers; and makes characters unbearably miserable or tremendously happy.The first scene the audience sees it that of the fighting between a group of Capulets and Montagues. Even this is caused by love; this time the families' love for their

Censorship. What it includes and the different aspects of it

695 words - 3 pages thinking that the only way to get ahead in life is to steal or kill people...then a person may do those types of things.I am in favor of censorship to a certain extent, I do not think some things (minimal violence, yelling, action, etc. on television) should be censored. These elements add to the excitement of the movie. However, pornographic material, extremely graphic violence, and shows that give ideas to people that would encourage them to engage in actions that are harmful to themselves or other people, should be censored.

Exploring the Different Forms and Aspects of Cheating

881 words - 4 pages scenario of the NJ assemblymen and religious leaders involved in money laundering and corruption, there was not just cheating the taxpayers of their money but also leading to crashing and breaking the taxpayer’s belief in the System and judiciary. It has not only led to loss of money but also the reputation and the goodwill associated with these offices that have been broken and tarnished and it will take some time to restore the trust of the

The Odyssey. This essay deals with how the film, The Odyssey, shows the desirable and undesirable aspects of human nature

761 words - 3 pages The OdysseyThe Odyssey is a film that contains many desirable and undesirable parts of the world and life that are well depicted. The film is very clear about which aspects are pleasant and which are unwanted. Odysseus and his men undergo many hardships but there are traits displayed that are decent as well as those that are not. The film does well in portraying all of these with the use of proper emotions and effective scenes.There are many

Similar Essays

East Of Eden With Cain And Abel

1726 words - 7 pages Gandhi once said, “I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul”. The novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck is an allegory to the biblical story of Cain and Abel, and many of its characters become embodiments of both good and evil. As they struggle to overcome what has been decided for them they are taught they hold the power to overcome and

The Story Of Cain And Abel(Summarized)

627 words - 3 pages The Story of Cain and Abel(Summarized) Generally, when believers in Christianity hear the word "Cain," they immediately think of "brother-slayer," "hell," and all sorts of evil. Who was Cain and what led him to be a "brother-slayer"? In my essay, I shall tell the tragic story of two brothers and how their brotherhood ends in utter destruction. This story shows how just one ounce of jealousy can cause cold-blooded murder. Cain was indeed the

1952 Film East Of Eden As Midrash. What "Problem Points" In The Bible Does East Of Eden Address? How Are These Areas Resolved? Is It A Modern Midrash On The Cain And Abel Story?

813 words - 3 pages In the 1952 film East of Eden, director and darshan Elia Kazan attempts to resolve the moral tension in the Cain and Abel story by depicting Cal as a sympathetic character. The ambiguity of the biblical account is responsible for much of this tension. God does not offer a reason for accepting Abel's gift and rejecting Cain's. Neither of the brothers have a distinct personality, and so the motivation for the murder is left to speculation. Why is

John Steinbeck's East Of Eden: Modern Biblical Story Of Cain And Abel

2348 words - 9 pages in some way. East of Eden (1952) by John Steinbeck is a modern retelling of the biblical tragedy of Cain and Abel. The story is reenacted through the lives of two generations of the Trask family. Cyrus Trask, the patriarch of the family and his two sons Adam and Charles live on a farm in Conneticut. Charles cries out in anguish for his father's love, but his father ignores his cries and loves Adam best. Because of his father's favoritism