Steinbeck Review

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John Steinbeck

In the novel, "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck, Catherine Ames is one of

the main characters. She is introduced to the reader as a monster and

as time goes on, she possesses both monster like and animal qualities.

As Catherine she gets older and wiser, she gets more evil and displays

her monster and animal like characteristics. She knows she is powerful

and indestructible. She has manipulated and tricked many people her

life causing them to go to the extreme... death.

Catherine "Cathy" shows her evilness and her monster like behavior

in many scenes throughout the book. Steinbeck illustrates Cathy as

being a monster on pages 95 and 96. "I believe there are monsters born

in the world... It is my belief that Cathy Ames was born with the

tendencies, or lack of them, which drove and forced her all of her

life," said Steinbeck. Cathy used this to her advantage by making

people uneasy, but not so uneasy that they would not run away from

her. Cathy was born with an innocent look that fooled many; she had

golden blond hair, hazel eyes, a thin and delicate nose, and a small

chin to make her face look heart shaped. According to the town Cathy

lived, Cathy had a scent of sweetness, but that is just what Cathy

wanted the town to see and think when Cathy planned her kill. On page

114-115, "The fire broke out... the Ames house went up like a

rocket... Enough remained of Mr. and Mrs.