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He who has never envied the vegetable has missed the human drama EM Cioran Human character can be described as sensitive charismatic cunning evil and even animalistic There are many instances in Steinbecks East of Eden when the characters actions are interpreted using Biblical stories or situations In John Steinbecks 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 storyI think it is the symbol story of the human soulThe greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved and that rejection is the hell he fears270 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 Cyruss love although Adam forever won it effortlessly as stated by Cyrus when he said I love you better28 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 fathers love and beat Adam senseless Adam and Charles mother had a talk He doesnt think his father loves himshe said 33 This is as Lee wouldve said the greatest terror a child could have By using the story of Cain and Abel compared to the one
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