Sibling Rivalryry In John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

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Growing up can be a difficult task to accomplish. However, growing up with a sibling is even more challenging. This ideology is seen throughout John Steinbeck’s novel, East of Eden ,which has many different scenarios in which two siblings are pinned against each other to repeatedly compete for the love and affection of their parents, and to make a claim about who they are. John Steinbeck’s East of Eden constantly demonstrates the effects that sibling rivalry has on the characters in the story and ultimately foreshadows the characteristics of each individual well into the future. Steinbeck frequently places the characters in tense and uncomfortable positions to show the chemistry between each other and their families. Many readers have siblings …show more content…
The reader realizes this when Cyrus states “I love you better. I always have. This may be a bad thing to tell you, but it 's true” (Steinbeck ) when speaking to Adam.“The torment and fighting that is often shrugged off as normal sibling rivalry may not always be so benign” (AUTHOR OF NYT). Doctors have stated time-and-time again that aggression between siblings shall not be viewed as normal, but treated as though it was between peers. Charles and Adam Trask have a physical encounter that left Adam severely injured. Charles took his hatred that he had for Cyrus out on Adam after they gave presents to their father.. Given these points, Cyrus goes on a quest, shotgun in hand, to find Charles and handle the complication without effectively analyzing the situation. “How parents treat their kids and react to conflict can make a big difference in how well siblings get along.” (UOFM). Instead of putting a stop to the never ending conflict between Charles and Adam, Cyrus tends to instigate the …show more content…
Cal is extremely enraged by this because his brother has, yet again, put him in the dark. Cal says “Let me be like Aron” (Steinbeck ) because he just wants to be accepted and loved by Adam, their father. Although this is happening, Aron does not like it. He isn’t purposefully excelling at school to make Cal look bad, both boys just excel at different things. Although Adam may not see it, he has become a newer version of his dad, Cyrus. Adam has started to favorite Aron just as Cyrus did for him. This in turn causes Cal to have a low self-esteem and perform desperate acts to get attention. “Cal very naturally competed for attention and affection in the only way he knew—by trying to imitate Aron” (Steinbeck ). Steinbeck’s placement of that statement births a somber feeling in the reader’s mind because, yet again, another child is left alone while the other child gets all the

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