East of Eden The novel East of Eden, by John Stienbeck, related to many stories we have previously read this year. Two stories include “Our Town” and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. Both of these stories are connected to East of Eden in their own way.
“Our Town” and East of Eden share the idea that life is full of disappointing events and the small things are what keep people going. This is constantly stressed by the stage manager in “Our Town.” In East of Eden this is expressed through numerous characters, however, Samuel is one that greatly exemplifies this. His life is full of unhappy occurrences such as his unproductive farm and the death of his children. Through all of these tragedies he still found faith and hope in religion which gave him reason to move on in life. The theme shared by East of Eden and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr.
Hyde is the dichotomy of man. Both stories obviously deal with the good side of man versus the evil side of man. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde it is present in Dr. Jekyl, the highly respect and nice man who transforms into Mr.
Hyde, a hideous monster who is greatly despised. In East of Eden it clearly expressed through Cal. Cal who started off being corrupted by jealousy and anger, over time becomes a character who does the right thing. The book East of Eden obviously connects with these two other stories, each one in its own distinct fashion. “Our Town” shares the idea that disappointing events are constantly occurring and the small things in life is what keeps people hopeful. The Strange Case of Dr.
In Mark Twain?s novel ?The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? he talks about small town life in Southern Mississippi. He portrays it as gossipy, a place where everyone knows everyone and knows everyone else?s business and doesn?t care to tell it. It is confining to Huck and Jim because there is too much conforming to society. This is why they escape In Chapter 18 when Huck goes into town dressed as ...
Jekyl and Mr. Hyde was linked to East of Eden by the conflict concerning the duality of man.