East of Eden Summary Spanning the period between the American Civil War and World War I, East of Eden presents two generations of brothers as they battle between good and evil. The first generation consists of the placid Adam Trask and his hot-tempered brother Charles, and the second generation is made up of Adam's sons, the fair-haired, mild-mannered Aron and the dark-haired, quick-tempered Cal. Deeply influenced by the biblical story of Cain and Abel, the novel begins in California's Salinas Valley, where the young narrator was born. He recounts the story of his Irish grandparents, Samuel and Liza Hamilton , who settle in the Salinas Valley, where they meet the members of the Trask family. The first part of the novel concerns the first generation of Trask brothers, Adam and Charles, and Adam's wife, Cathy Ames (who is referred to as "Kate" in the second part of the book). Cyrus Trask , the one-legged, crooked father, commits the "original sin" that inspires the action of the novel. Cyrus loves his son Adam more than his other son, Charles, and favors Adam's gift of a puppy over Charles's gift of an expensive knife.
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