Sam Hamilton’s Wife: East of Eden and the Failure of Feminism

In 1950’s America, women were ensnared in suffocating gender roles. It was a retroactive decade in feminist history compared the power women had in the work force in the 1940s and the progression to come in the 1960s. Bound to the home and pressured by high beauty standards, women found themselves cornered, bored and desperate. … Read moreSam Hamilton’s Wife: East of Eden and the Failure of Feminism

Steinbeck’s Strong Female Characterization: An Asset of East of Eden

John Steinbeck’s East of Eden was published in the 1950’s, a time when having a large family was a virtue and a source of comfort. Given the devastating psychological effects of World Wars I and II and the growing fear of the Cold War, people sought out a sense of calmness. This desire for comfort … Read moreSteinbeck’s Strong Female Characterization: An Asset of East of Eden

The Usage of Language in East of Eden

With its intricate, complex plot infused with an abundance of emotional turmoil, John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is indeed successful in fulfilling its author’s intention to rip a reader’s “nerves to rags.” As one finally becomes satisfied with the novel’s progression, Steinbeck orders a dramatic turn of events which transforms the satisfied mindset of the … Read moreThe Usage of Language in East of Eden

Cathy Ames’s Manipulative Power in East of Eden

“Sexuality with all its attendant yearnings and pains, jealousies and taboos, is the most disturbing impulse humans have” (Steinbeck 75). To Cathy Ames, a seductively charismatic sociopath, sexuality and the vulnerability that accompanies it is the biggest downfall of humans. She discovers the key to controlling anyone is through such impulses. At age ten she … Read moreCathy Ames’s Manipulative Power in East of Eden

Maternal Absence and Paternal Rejection in East of Eden

Often times when we read or analyze texts, we ask simple, broad questions that are at the root of larger, deeper questions. For example, why does a particular character act a certain way? What are the motivations behind those actions? These questions often have no concrete answers that we can derive from the text. But … Read moreMaternal Absence and Paternal Rejection in East of Eden