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According to today a fathers love is unconditional a father loves his child because heshe is his child In East of Eden Steinbeck chooses to represent a fathers love as conditional A fathers love must be competed for and literally won This type of love is represented by one family in this novel but is made an example of in two generations The Trask family is this family Cyrus has his two sons Charles and Adam later in the story Adam has two sons Caleb and Aron whom also represent that a fathers love is conditional Adam and Charles were the first characters to show that this type of love exists It seemed that as much as Charles tried to impress his father with material possessions Adam would exceed him by doing the simplest of things On Cyrus birthday Charles thought that he would attempt to buy his fathers love but it did not happen the way he wanted it too I took six bits and I bought him a knife made in Germany--three blades and a corkscrew pearl-handled Wheres that knife Do you ever see him use it Did he give it to you I never even saw him hone it Have you got that knife in your pocket What did he do with it Thanks he said like that And that is the last I heard of a pearl -handled knife that cost six bits29 Charles was trying to buy his fathers love where as Adam was not trying to impress his father at all Adam only wanted to give his father something he would appreciate What did you do on his birthday You think I didnt see Did you spend six bits or even four bits You brought him a mongrel pup you picked up in a woodlot You laughed like a fool and said it would make a good bird dog That dog sleeps in his room
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