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Sibling Rivalry in East of Eden-- **13 copies for everyone in the class Consider the issues of sibling rivalry in the novel: Thesis:InEast of Eden, the absence of maternal affection intensifies the desire of the children to gain acceptance from their father and validation on who they are as individuals. Sibling rivalry associated with this desperation for paternal approval is provoked solely by the father’s frequent displays of rejection or favoritism Where and why does it appear? Quotes:"I love you better. I always have. This may be a bad thing to tell you, but it's true. I love you better. Else why would I have given myself the trouble of hurting you?" (28)/ "Dear Lord," he said, "let me be like Aron. Don't make me mean. I don't want to be. If you will let everybody like me, why, I'll give you anything in the world, and if I haven't got it, why, I'll go for to get it. I don't want to be mean. I don't want to be lonely." (379) / “It’s just jealousy. I'm jealous. That's what I am. I'm jealous. I don't want to be jealous” (538) / “I would have been so happy if you could have given me-well, what your brother has- pride in the thing he's doing. Money, even clean money, doesn't stack up with that.” (544) / “If you want to give me a present-give me a good life. That would be something I could value” (544) Extra Thoughts: -It is especially difficult for Cal and Aaron because they are twins, yet so desperate to define themselves as an individual
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