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Theme 2: East of Eden 's Amazing Grace

East of Eden

John Steinbeck, 1952
Famous for: More riffs on the story of Cain and Abel than you ever thought possible.

Theme two. Would you be surprised if we told you that it has to do with Steinbeck’s favorite characters of all time—the Biblical brothers, Cain and Abel? For once, though, Steinbeck focuses on the positive aspect of their story—Cain’s ability to choose. And choosing, or choice, in East of Eden isn’t just another theme. It’s also this book’s saving grace.

 

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