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by John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck published his highly controversial novel East of Eden, the work that he referred to as "the big one", in 1952. A symbolic recreation of the biblical story of Cain and Abel set in California's Salinas Valley, Steinbeck wrote the novel late in his life, in hopes of reclaiming his status…

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Posted By deissy j #340215 at May 12, 2014 9:56 PM

What quote in the book emphasizes the theme of good vs. evil?

Good and evil is a major theme in the book and I need a quote that really emphasizes and gets the point across. I want to say a good one would be when we first get introduced to Cathy, about there being not only physical monsters but also mental ones. However I feel like it lacks the comparison to good so I was wondering if there were any other points in the book where we can see this emphasis.

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Posted By deissy j #340215 at May 12, 2014 8:14 PM

What quote in the book could be considered the most potent?

Well written, and says much more beyond its words.

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Posted By Kev V. at May 01, 2014 12:02 PM


Posted By deissy j #340215 at Apr 21, 2014 8:24 PM

Which of the Hamilton children represent good and which represent evil?

George, Will, Tom, Joe, Lizzie, Una, Dessie, Olive, and Mollie

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