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Essay 3 Literary Analysis Writing Seminar March 20 2000 Throughout the novel East of Eden John Seinbeck constructs his characters in such a way that they appear to have enormous depth Steinbeck creates his characters so that it is impossible for the reader to label or stereotype his characters Steinbeck continually toys with the idea of whether Caleb can restrain his evil or if the evil is totally beyond his control I believe that there are instances in the book that illustrate the idea clearly that Cal has complete control over is actions and the evil which was born into him While Cal is lying aside of Aron in bed is one of the first instances that show the idea that Cal opposes the evil inside of him Steinbeck makes Cals personal thoughts available to the reader which allows the reader to perceive that Cals will to overcome his evil is passionate Cal thinks Dear Lord let me be like Aron Dont make me mean I dont want to be Due to the fact that these thoughts are Cals personal feelings they are not influenced by outside incentives such as the need to compete with his brother It can be assumed that Cals will to be without malevolence is present and continually on his mind It is obvious that Cal wants desperately to overpower what he thinks is an impossible feat It is not until he comes to the realization that he possesses the ability to choose his own destiny that he can really work towards being a good person Cal cant accept the fact that he has the power to alter his personality until he speaks to his mother face to face Cal says to his mother I was afraid I had you in me I dont have to be you I just know It just came to me whole If Im mean its my own mean By recognizing this fact Cal overcomes
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