Quotes from East of Eden and Thesis

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“’The greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell he fears’” (Steinbeck 270).

“’One child, refused the loves he craves, kicks the cat and hides his secret guilt; and another steals so that money will make him loved; and a third conquers the world- and always the guilt and more guilt. The human is the only guilty animal. Now wait! Therefore I think this old and terrible story is important because it is a chart of the soul- the secret, rejected, guilty soul’” (Steinbeck 271).

"’But some men are friends with the whole world in their hearts, and there are others that hate themselves and spread their hatred around like butter on hot bread’" (Steinbeck 144).

“I believe there are monsters born in the world o human parents…They are accidents and no one’s fault, as used to be thought. Once they were considered the visible punishments for concealed sins. And just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born?” (Steinbeck 72)

“Love to a man…is a crippling emotion. It ruined his (Mr. Edwards) judgment, canceled his knowledge, weakened him” (Steinbeck 96).

“’But Cain got mad. His feelings were hurt. And when a man’s feelings are hurt, he wants to strike at something, and Abel was in the way of his danger’” (Steinbeck 269).

“’Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing cleverness forbids’” (Steinbeck 287).

“’You hate the good in them that you can’t get at. I wonder what you want, what final thing’” (Steinbeck 323).

“’My pleasure will be to find a man who did that,’ she said ‘And after that- there will be other pleasures’” (Steinbeck 323).

“’I remember he said one time that a woman who knows all about men usually knows one part very well and can’t receive the other parts, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there’” (Steinbeck 322).

“I believe there are techniques of the human mind whereby, in its dark deep, problems are examined, rejected, or accepted. Such...
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