John Steinbeck 's East Of Eden Essay

1013 Words Aug 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Children undergo a variety of teachings, one of them being to pursue a pure conscience and a bond of trust between close friends and family, all the while turning a blind eye to sin. Learning from their parents, they assume the quintessence of virtue must, as a result, be their parents. This concept sticks with them until they catch an adult out for the first time; consequently, their beliefs begin to falter and the realization of a false perfect entity harms the child more than if the illusion were never created. Likewise, many adults struggle with realizing that society’s foundation consists of deceit due to the masks of decency and credibility, while others deceive themselves by living in a world of illusions because of the pleasure and protection provided. That said, once the illusion crumbles, it also destroys him. Similarly, John Steinbeck explores the double-edged sword of deception, wielded by both children and adults, in his novel East of Eden. Just as the masks that society wears, multiple characters throughout the story at first originally incapable of committing a sin as great as deceit due to their innocent introductions. Despite this initial virtuosity, Steinbeck’s East of Eden evinces humanity’s contrasting and inherent dependence upon selfish uses of deception, whether it be for self-empowerment, safety, or otherwise, with paltry consideration about the consequences of truth.
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