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Margo Jefferson in responding to the question of rather Cathy represents Steinbecks negative self image gives three interesting points on the account of Cathys characterization She first states that the relationship of Adam and Cathy is based on the relationship of Steinbeck and his second wife Gwyn Directly thereafter she states that Cathy represents the monster in all of us Last she concedes that in a way Cathy is what Steinbeck feared most about himself I agree with Margos reasoning that Cathy could be a combination of all three representations mentioned above however her theories on why Steinbeck created Cathy are some what confusing and debatable at best First while reasonable that Cathy could represent Steinbecks second ex-wife Gwyn Jefferson gives no factual information in supporting the case Most readers would think that whoever Cathy was based on must have been a cruel cold and crazy individual in the eyes of Steinbeck however it is important to remember that he did indeed marry her Surprisingly Jefferson still remains certain that for the most part Cathy does indeed represent Gwyn and that there is only a piece of what Steinbeck feared most about himself in Cathy However Jeffersons only reason why Cathy would represent Gwyn is based on her belief that the writing and inclusion of Cathy was a sadomasochistic This is perhaps the most perplexing and unclear statement of Jeffersons entire essay As she directly thereafter states that she doesnt think that he is simply punishing himself and that instead he is working through many emotions obsession rage despair Truly anyone who knows the definition of sadomasochistic realizes how contradictory the word is to Jeffersons statements For maybe Steinbeck was working through many emotions such as obsession rage and despair I dont know I wasnt there but anything that he has passion for that is not through punishment is simply not sadomasochistic Second Jefferson concludes that Cathy is a little piece the monster in all
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