Isolation Form Love In The Film east Of Eden

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Isolation Form Love In The Film "east Of Eden"


East of Eden by John Steinbeck is an optimistic film about a boy becoming a man and trying
desperately to earn the love of his father and mother in the troubled times of the Great
Depression. Cal, the main character is a troubled teen who lives with his entrepreneur
father, and a brother who is following closely in his fathers steps. Cal's mother left him
and his brother to become a madam of a whorehouse. The struggle takes place between Cal
and his father due to his fathers lack of compassion for his son. The conflict rises
further when Cal tries to help his father repay a debt, his father further isolates his
son and this turns to violent outbursts. Steinbeck focuses on Cal in order to suggest the
theme that without love people become violent and mean.


Steinbeck shows Cals isolation from love and its aggressive results when Cal angrily
throws stones at his mothers house. When Cal first learns of his supposedly dead mothers
existence he is outraged and goes to seek her. When he is not allowed to see her he
violently throws stones and yells "Why can't a kid see his own mother?" and "Why cant I
see my mother". This is the first of several violent actions taken by Cal in an effort to
be redeemed by his parents affections. His actions, although violent, are a symbol of his
not being loved and the isolation he feels towards his family. In the scene where Cal
tries to confer with his mother it is also learned that his mother does not want to have
any contact with her children.
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