East of Eden

discuss the Hebrew word timshel and it's definition explain how this word develops the plot and the entire meaning of the novel

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The Hebrew word "Timshel" means "thou mayest." This word becomes one of the novel's most important symbols. Its meaning explains the novel's theme that mankind isn't predestined to act in a certain way; people aren't just good or bad/ saintly or evil. Humans have a choice in their actions; we choose right or wrong, it doesn't choose us. This defines the entire meaning of the novel.


East of Eden