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In the novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck Catherine Ames is one of the main characters She is introduced to the reader as a monster and as time goes on she possesses both monster like and animal qualities As Catherine she gets older and wiser she gets more evil and displays her monster and animal like characteristics She knows she is powerful and indestructible She has manipulated and tricked many people her life causing them to go to the extreme death Catherine Cathy shows her evilness and her monster like behavior in many scenes throughout the book Steinbeck illustrates Cathy as being a monster on pages 95 and 96 I believe there are monsters born in the world It is my belief that Cathy Ames was born with the tendencies or lack of them which drove and forced her all of her life said Steinbeck Cathy used this to her advantage by making people uneasy but not so uneasy that they would not run away from her Cathy was born with an innocent look that fooled many she had golden blond hair hazel eyes a thin and delicate nose and a small chin to make her face look heart shaped Acoording to the town Cathy lived Cathy had a scent of sweetness but that is just what Cathy wanted the town to see and think when Cathy planned her kill On page 114-115 The fire broke out the Ames house went up like a rocket Enough remained of Mr and Mrs Ames to make sure there were two bodies Cathy had set the house on fire and broke into the safe to steal the familys money As the investigators scoped the place they noticed that the bolts stuck out and there were no keys left in the locks They knew it was not an accident Cathys body was never found but the town assumed that she died If it had not been for Cathys
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