History Literature / EastOfEden

10th Sep '16 4:34:52 AM fearlessnikki
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A 1952 novel by Creator/JohnSteinbeck, ''East of Eden'' was brought to the screen in 1955 by director Creator/EliaKazan with a cast headed by JamesDean.

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A 1952 novel by Creator/JohnSteinbeck, ''East of Eden'' was brought to the screen in 1955 by director Creator/EliaKazan with a cast headed by JamesDean.
Creator/JamesDean.



The Elia Kazan film notably is a very loose adaptation, only covering the last part of the story with Aron and Cal as teenagers. This was approved by John Steinbeck



* AdaptationalHeroism: With the first two thirds of the novel cut out, Kate is far more sympathetic. In the novel, she's a murderess and arsonist as well as a ManipulativeBitch - who became the madam of the brothel by poisoning the original one. The film makes her seem more subtly tragic, even dropping hints that she regrets leaving her sons.



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted. Abra is initially put off by Cal's bad traits. It's not until she gets to know him that she takes an interest. She also loses interest in Aron once he starts showing that he's not as good as he seems.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Subverted, at least in the film. Aron and Cal look alike but they're not identical. Aron is taller and has lighter hair.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: Cathy until she inherits Faye's brothel and no longer has to hide her real personality.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: BitchInSheepsClothing:
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Cathy until she inherits Faye's brothel and no longer has to hide her real personality.personality.
** Implied to be the case with Aron in the film. A DeletedScene shows that his image as the good son comes from years of studying his father and imitating him.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: Aron had always imagined his mother as a saint or a wholesome woman in some way. Discovering that she's actually the madam of a brothel devastates him]].



* EvilTwin: Deconstructed. Cal views himself as the bad twin and is convinced he'll never be anything else. In spite of this he still tries to change this perception of himself, and it's revealed that he's only this way because he's desperate for anyone to love him. It also shows the negative effect ParentalFavouritism has by propping one twin up as good and the other as bad.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Kate's place in the film is shown only as a saloon, with no mention of sex or depravity. But as the other characters talk about "what she is" and [[spoiler: Aron's ultimate horror at discovering it]] leaves no doubt that she's the madam of a brothel.



* GoodTwin: Deconstructed as well, though not the extent of EvilTwin. Aron is only considered good because he's "just like his father" and, while he shows kindness at various points, it's hinted that [[BeneathTheMask his image is all an act to win his father's approval]] (and outright confirmed in a deleted scene from the film).
* HeroesWantRedheads: Abra is a redhead and has romantic attachments with both brothers.



* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Adam and Charles (who are actually described as having a relatonship more similar to that of a sister and a brother), Aron and Cal.

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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Adam and Charles (who are actually described as having a relatonship relationship more similar to that of a sister and a brother), Aron and Cal.


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* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Aron is definitely killed in World War I in the book, and that is what causes Adam's stroke. The film shows the stroke happening as he enlists, and his fate is left ambiguous. Kate likewise commits suicide in the book but her fate is never said in the film. To a lesser extent, Adam is definitely dying by the end of the novel, but appears to be recovering from his stroke by the end of the film]].
1st Aug '16 5:59:00 AM ading
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* DirectLineToTheAuthor[=/=]AutobiographicalRole: John Steinbeck himself as a young boy shows up in the novel as a minor character, or at least a young boy named John Steinbeck who is the grandson of Samuel Hamilton, son of Ernest and Olive (nee Hamilton) Steinbeck (names of author's actual grandfather and parents), does. Steinbeck is implied to have heard about and/or seen the events in the novel as he was growing up and simply wrote about them as an adult. The Hamiltons are indeed loosely based on author Steinbeck's own relatives but their lives are supposedly rather heavily fictionaluzed.

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* DirectLineToTheAuthor[=/=]AutobiographicalRole: John Steinbeck himself as a young boy shows up in the novel as a minor character, or at least a young boy named John Steinbeck who is the grandson of Samuel Hamilton, son of Ernest and Olive (nee Hamilton) Steinbeck (names of author's actual grandfather and parents), does.character. Steinbeck is implied to have heard about and/or seen the events in the novel as he was growing up and simply wrote about them as an adult. The Hamiltons are indeed loosely based on author Steinbeck's own relatives but their lives are supposedly rather heavily fictionaluzed.
17th May '16 7:23:32 PM ading
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* Satan: Cathy, complete with hoof-like feet.
23rd Dec '15 12:09:15 PM h27kim
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist with "ideas coming out of his ears," even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." Others fall between Tom and Will. [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]]

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist with "ideas coming out of his ears," even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." Others fall somewhere between Tom and Will. [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]]
23rd Dec '15 12:08:49 PM h27kim
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist with "ideas coming out of his ears," even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]]

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist with "ideas coming out of his ears," even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." Others fall between Tom and Will. [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]]
23rd Dec '15 12:05:18 PM h27kim
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** The Cal and Aron mirror Will and Tom to an extent. Will and Cal work well together, being both practical and business-minded. Both Aron and Tom wind up as DoomedMoralVictors of sorts.

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** The Cal and Aron mirror Will and Tom to an extent. Will and Cal work well together, being both practical and business-minded. Both Aron and Tom wind up as DoomedMoralVictors DoomedMoralVictor of sorts.
23rd Dec '15 12:05:02 PM h27kim
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist with "ideas coming out of his ears," even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]][[spoiler:inverted in that the ultimate protagonists of the story are the cynical but realistic survivors like Cal, notwithstanding Steinbeck's own preferences.]]

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist with "ideas coming out of his ears," even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]][[spoiler:inverted in that the ultimate protagonists of the story are the cynical but realistic survivors like Cal, notwithstanding Steinbeck's own preferences.]]
23rd Dec '15 12:04:28 PM h27kim
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist with "ideas coming out of his ears," even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]]

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist with "ideas coming out of his ears," even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]]]][[spoiler:inverted in that the ultimate protagonists of the story are the cynical but realistic survivors like Cal, notwithstanding Steinbeck's own preferences.]]
** The Cal and Aron mirror Will and Tom to an extent. Will and Cal work well together, being both practical and business-minded. Both Aron and Tom wind up as DoomedMoralVictors of sorts.
23rd Dec '15 11:58:29 AM h27kim
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist, even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]]

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist, WideEyedIdealist with "ideas coming out of his ears," even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]]
23rd Dec '15 11:49:11 AM h27kim
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist, even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one who made any money." [[AuthorTract John loves Uncle Tom he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]]

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Members of the Hamilton clan. Sam is a WideEyedIdealist, while Liza is a cynic. Of their children, Tom is another WideEyedIdealist, even more so than his father, while Will is a cynic who "never had any ideas" and thus "the only one in the family who made any money." [[AuthorTract John loves his Uncle Tom but he doesn't seem to like Uncle Will much.]]
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