There is More than Meets the Eye In the novel East of Eden, written by John Steinbeck, many of the characters confront or maintain unrealistic expectations, assumptions, and prejudice profiles about themselves or others. These prejudices change each character’s decisions as well as the world they inhabit. Sam Hamilton, an Irish immigrant, is judged only by where he is from revealing that discrimination in that society caused individuals to change their accustomed ways of life. Lee, and American citizen with Chinese heritage, reveals how human nature and society’s expectations are not always true and can completely change one’s lifestyle. Sam Hamilton was forced to change his way of life and had to prove to society his ability to do good, based on the prejudice towards Irish immigrants. When Samuel first arrived in the Salinas valley he had many inventions but “other men who had the talent took Samuel’s tricks and sold them and grew rich, but Samuel made no money his whole life” (9). Society took advantage of his innocence because of the social profile society gave to the Irish. The community believed that all Iris men were constantly drinking and gambling. Although this was not true society believed it anyways taking Samuel inventions and making their own profit. With this view the public had for Samuel he was forced to change his ways of inventions and resort to a different job. The People looked at Samuel and “regarded [him] with suspicion until he is proved he is no danger to others” (38). This prejudice that society had was another reason for Samuel to have to change his lifestyle. Society decided to judge Sam without even meeting him. Samuel was forced to change his likeable characteristics in order to gain the trust of the citizens around him. The area quickly assumed that Sam was a danger and if he did not get to know the community soon they would force him to move to another area. This exemplifies how society can force one to completely change their way of life based on the false prejudices believed by human nature. The human nature can make large false assumptions based on prejudices, forcing one to live a false life in order to fit the inaccurate expectations of society. Lee, a Chinese servant, was forced to live an unrealistic lifestyle in order to fit what society expected him to be. If Lee were to speak English “to a lady or a gentlemen, for instance, and speak as [he] was now, [he] would not
In the book East of Eden, they used land as a hidden meaning behind many things. They used the Trask farm as a place where Adam goes after he leaves the war. They use the inns to house prostitutes. And finally, they use the Ames house as a place where Cathy lived as a child before she killed her family.
Cyrus Trask works his farm in Connecticut, and after Adam leaves to go to the army and Cyrus takes his position of Secretary of War in Washington, Charles stays back and works the farm.
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An Analysis of the Setting in East of Eden
The setting of a book or movie is not only when and where the story takes place but it demonstrates a significant amount about the motifs in a story. John Steinbeck, the author of East of Eden, was born in the Salinas Valley of California. Naturalism is a prevalent theme in his books.…
Throughout East of Eden, Adam Trask struggles to overcome the actions from the ones around him. Steinbeck’s point for making Adam such an important character in East of Eden is because Adam sets of a sense of emotion throughout the other characters. For example; Cyrus Trask, Charles, Kate, and his two sons, Adam’s emotion and goodness makes him a highly respected character.
Adams life turns out to be decent not too bad and not too good.…
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The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)
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America and Americans (1966)
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Although John Knowles’ 1959 novel, A Separate Peace, may mask itself to the ignorant eye as a clichéd sob story revolving around one boy’s mistakes, the story exemplifies Gene’s inescapable odyssey on a path where all boys must soon trudge along, a path of war. Through the use of scenery and places, a route towards death and destruction can be unearthed from pleasant playing fields and endless forests. Creating rich atmospheres…
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The Christianity was founded at Middle East, and expanded to Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia
Minor. It influenced Judaism, Islam (shares ideas of importance of loving god and your
1. How did this belief system begin?
Christianity was initiated as a Jewish faction in the Levant of middle east at first century.
(reference) He performed miracles and preached about the love of God and Christianity. He was
then crucified and resurrected and ascended to heaven.…
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