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Throughout East of Eden the troubled and mischievous character of Cal Trask parallels Cain in the biblical myth of Cain and Abel Just like Cain Cal is responsible for the death of his brother and becomes the only surviving child of Adam and Cathy Trask The death of Aron causes Adam to have a stroke This results in deep feelings of guilt in Cal for causing injury to both Aron and Adam In a twist of events Adam gives Cal his blessing and encourages him to follow his own path This reinforces the idea of timshel that is prevalent throughout the novel and supports everything Lee tells Cal regarding the inheritance of good and evil traitsCal and Arons personalities prove to be polar opposites Aron is the innocent good natured pretty brother while Cal is the disturbed rugged deep thinker These traits make Aron the more likable of the two brothers As they grow up everyone sees Aron as a kind and respectable individual Cal is viewed with suspicion and thought to be much too clever for his age He is anti social and the other children grow to respect him because of the fear they have of him Cal is exceptionally gifted in trickery and meanness something even he recognizes in himself He grows jealous of the attention Aron gets as they grow older and it eventually fuels his hate for the entire world Rather than embrace his potential for evil Cal questions his destiny and seeks an alternative pathCal discovers the truth about his mother sooner than anyone expects When he reveals to Aron that their mother might still be alive and not dead as their father had previously told them Aron breaks down and beats Cal Cal is shocked by the fury and change of emotion in Aron and decides to save it as a secret weapon against his brother He enjoys being more clever and powerful than Aron and this almost
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