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East of Eden | Study Guide

John Steinbeck

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East of Eden | Character Map

Half-brothers Friends Servant True love Father figure Girlfriend Father Father Spouses Mother Twin brothers Mother Adam Trask Favored son; poor judge of character; heartbroken single farmer Cathy Evil, manipulative prostitute; murderer; abandons family Lee Philosophical Chinese immigrant; housekeeper; raises Cal and Aron Abra Vibrant young woman; has motherly instincts Cal Moody, troubled, less- favored son; tries to break free from evil Aron Sensitive, intelligent, favored son; candidate for ministry; soldier Charles Trask Violent, volatile, scarred man; pathologically jealous Samuel Hamilton Well-respected patriarch and adviser; loving, kind, and knowledgeable
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