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8th Apr '13 3:24:08 AM Xtifr
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->'' "If you want to give me a present, give me a good life. That's something I can value." ''
-->-- '''Adam Trask'''

A 1952 novel by Creator/JohnSteinbeck, EastOfEden was brought to the screen in 1955 by director Elia Kazan with a cast headed by JamesDean.

The novel concerns two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, who live in Salinas Valley, California. The Hamiltons, headed by patriarch Samuel Hamilton and wife Liza, initially settle into the valley with their nine kids. When the kids set out to seek their fortunes, the land is settled by the wealthy Adam Trask. The Trask family grows, adding a wife, Cathy, a DevilInPlainSight, and sons Cal and Aron. Just after the birth of the two sons, Cathy vanishes from their lives. Years later, the now-grown boys meet a girl named Abra, whose presence drives a wedge between the two.

Not to be confused with EdenOfTheEast.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AdamAndOrEve: The two brothers are named Cal and Aron and their father is named Adam. The brothers' uncle is Charles, and Adam's wife is named Cathy.
* AdaptationDistillation: Director Elia Kazan decided to completely cut out the first two thirds of the book and just make the movie about the final third, which focuses on Adam's two sons as teenagers.
* AliceAllusion: ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' was Cathy's favorite book as a child. [[spoiler: She kills herself by taking poison, imagining the "Drink Me" bottle shrinking her into oblivion]].
* ArcWords: ''[[spoiler:Timshel]]''.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Thoroughly {{subverted}} and {{deconstructed}} with Lee's entire character.
* CainAndAbel: Charles and Adam, Cal and Aron.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: [[spoiler:Aron and Abra]] make one. [[spoiler: It doesn't work out]].
* TheClan: two for the price of one!
* DevilInPlainSight: Cathy in her early years.
* EnforcedMethodActing: For the scene when a drunken Cal visits Abra at night, director Kazan actually had James Dean (having a low alcohol tolerance) buzzed on some chianti.
* FunnyForeigner: Lee pretends to be one of these.
* GenerationXerox
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Played straight with Faye (and others, to a lesser extent), but subverted with [[spoiler:Cathy]], who pretends to be one.
* MeaningfulName: Naming the boys Caleb and Aaron was after the Bible characters. In a counterpoint to the Cain and Abel sequence, it was Caleb and not Aaron who lived to reach the Promised Land, but because Caleb was one who hadn't sinned.
* NotListeningToMeAreYou: As Sam reads Adam and Cathy a story, he throws in some nonsense lines. They fail to listen to them.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Lee, the Pidgin speaking Chinese cook, is actually the smartest character in the whole story.
* ParentalFavoritism: Cyrus prefers Adam, and Adam [[spoiler:prefers Aron]].
* RomanAClef: the Hamilton sections are based heavily on Steinbeck's maternal family history.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Cathy, in one of the most chilling scenes in the book.]]
* ShoutOut: The title is taken from [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Genesis]]: "And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and took up residence in the Land of Nod, east of Eden."
* SiblingTriangle: [[spoiler:Cathy marries Adam, but sleeps with his brother Charles]]. Later, [[spoiler: Aron's girlfriend Abra transfers her affections to Cal]].
* TheSociopath: Cathy.
* SonOfAWhore: [[spoiler:Cal and Aron.]]
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Lee.
* ThemeInitials
* TwiceToldTale: The tale of Cain and Abel. Repeatedly.
* TheUnfavorite: Charles and [[spoiler:Cal]].
* ThrowItIn: Cal was supposed to deck Adam after he rejects his present. When shooting, James Dean had the impulse to instead hug Raymond Massey. This became a moment of EnforcedMethodActing for Massey who, unpracticed in improvisation, came across exactly as stiff and uncomfortable as Adam ought to be under the circumstances.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Cyrus to Charles, and later, [[spoiler: Adam to Cal]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The epic religious symbolism is the entire point of the book.
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->'' "If you want to give me a present, give me a good life. That's something I can value." ''
-->-- '''Adam Trask'''

A 1952 novel by Creator/JohnSteinbeck, EastOfEden was brought to the screen in 1955 by director Elia Kazan with a cast headed by JamesDean.

The novel concerns two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, who live in Salinas Valley, California. The Hamiltons, headed by patriarch Samuel Hamilton and wife Liza, initially settle into the valley with their nine kids. When the kids set out to seek their fortunes, the land is settled by the wealthy Adam Trask. The Trask family grows, adding a wife, Cathy, a DevilInPlainSight, and sons Cal and Aron. Just after the birth of the two sons, Cathy vanishes from their lives. Years later, the now-grown boys meet a girl named Abra, whose presence drives a wedge between the two.

Not to be confused with EdenOfTheEast.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AdamAndOrEve: The two brothers are named Cal and Aron and their father is named Adam. The brothers' uncle is Charles, and Adam's wife is named Cathy.
* AdaptationDistillation: Director Elia Kazan decided to completely cut out the first two thirds of the book and just make the movie about the final third, which focuses on Adam's two sons as teenagers.
* AliceAllusion: ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' was Cathy's favorite book as a child. [[spoiler: She kills herself by taking poison, imagining the "Drink Me" bottle shrinking her into oblivion]].
* ArcWords: ''[[spoiler:Timshel]]''.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Thoroughly {{subverted}} and {{deconstructed}} with Lee's entire character.
* CainAndAbel: Charles and Adam, Cal and Aron.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: [[spoiler:Aron and Abra]] make one. [[spoiler: It doesn't work out]].
* TheClan: two for the price of one!
* DevilInPlainSight: Cathy in her early years.
* EnforcedMethodActing: For the scene when a drunken Cal visits Abra at night, director Kazan actually had James Dean (having a low alcohol tolerance) buzzed on some chianti.
* FunnyForeigner: Lee pretends to be one of these.
* GenerationXerox
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Played straight with Faye (and others, to a lesser extent), but subverted with [[spoiler:Cathy]], who pretends to be one.
* MeaningfulName: Naming the boys Caleb and Aaron was after the Bible characters. In a counterpoint to the Cain and Abel sequence, it was Caleb and not Aaron who lived to reach the Promised Land, but because Caleb was one who hadn't sinned.
* NotListeningToMeAreYou: As Sam reads Adam and Cathy a story, he throws in some nonsense lines. They fail to listen to them.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Lee, the Pidgin speaking Chinese cook, is actually the smartest character in the whole story.
* ParentalFavoritism: Cyrus prefers Adam, and Adam [[spoiler:prefers Aron]].
* RomanAClef: the Hamilton sections are based heavily on Steinbeck's maternal family history.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Cathy, in one of the most chilling scenes in the book.]]
* ShoutOut: The title is taken from [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Genesis]]: "And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and took up residence in the Land of Nod, east of Eden."
* SiblingTriangle: [[spoiler:Cathy marries Adam, but sleeps with his brother Charles]]. Later, [[spoiler: Aron's girlfriend Abra transfers her affections to Cal]].
* TheSociopath: Cathy.
* SonOfAWhore: [[spoiler:Cal and Aron.]]
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Lee.
* ThemeInitials
* TwiceToldTale: The tale of Cain and Abel. Repeatedly.
* TheUnfavorite: Charles and [[spoiler:Cal]].
* ThrowItIn: Cal was supposed to deck Adam after he rejects his present. When shooting, James Dean had the impulse to instead hug Raymond Massey. This became a moment of EnforcedMethodActing for Massey who, unpracticed in improvisation, came across exactly as stiff and uncomfortable as Adam ought to be under the circumstances.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Cyrus to Charles, and later, [[spoiler: Adam to Cal]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The epic religious symbolism is the entire point of the book.
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23rd Mar '13 8:33:59 PM Quag15
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* PopCulturalOsmosis: The immortal line "You're tearing me apart", said by James Dean's character, is suffering this because of a certain [[TheRoom Tommy Wiseau]]...
23rd Mar '13 8:33:01 PM Quag15
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* PopCulturalOsmosis: The immortal line "You're tearing me apart", said by James Dean's character, is suffering this because of a certain [[TheRoom Tommy Wiseau]]...
30th Dec '12 1:36:16 PM Goldfritha
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* MeaningfulName: Naming the boys Caleb and Aaron was after the Bible characters. In a counterpoint to the Cain and Abel sequence, it was Caleb and not Aaron who lived to reach the Promised Land, but because Caleb was one who hadn't sinned.
30th Dec '12 1:27:30 PM Goldfritha
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* TwiceToldTale: The tale of Cain and Abel. Repeatedly.
7th Oct '12 12:07:58 PM TVRulezAgain
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* DevilInPlainSight: Cathy in her early years; she is described as a CompleteMonster.

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* DevilInPlainSight: Cathy in her early years; she is described as a CompleteMonster.years.
8th Jul '12 8:15:31 PM Sheora
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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Played straight with Faye (and others, to a lesser extent), but subverted ''hard'' with [[spoiler:Cathy]], who pretends to be one.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Played straight with Faye (and others, to a lesser extent), but subverted ''hard'' with [[spoiler:Cathy]], who pretends to be one.
26th Jun '12 6:17:25 PM Vixen84
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* EnforcedMethodActing: For the scene when a drunken Cal visits Abra at night, director Kazan actually had James Dean (having a low alcohol tolerance) buzzed on some chianti.
24th May '12 4:00:35 AM LordGro
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A 1952 novel by JohnSteinbeck, EastOfEden was brought to the screen in 1955 by director Elia Kazan with a cast headed by JamesDean.

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A 1952 novel by JohnSteinbeck, Creator/JohnSteinbeck, EastOfEden was brought to the screen in 1955 by director Elia Kazan with a cast headed by JamesDean.



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25th Mar '12 12:05:44 AM nombretomado
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* AliceAllusion: ''AliceInWonderland'' was Cathy's favorite book as a child. [[spoiler: She kills herself by taking poison, imagining the "Drink Me" bottle shrinking her into oblivion]].

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* AliceAllusion: ''AliceInWonderland'' ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' was Cathy's favorite book as a child. [[spoiler: She kills herself by taking poison, imagining the "Drink Me" bottle shrinking her into oblivion]].
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