"East Of eden" by Steinbeck

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In the novel , East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Catherine Ames is one of the main characters. She is introduced to the reader as a monster and as time goes on , she possesses both monster like and animal qualities. As Catherine sher gets older and wiser , she gets more evil and displays her monster and animals like characteristics. She knows she is powerful and indestructible. She has manipulated and tricked many people her life causing them to go to the extreme... death.

Catherine 'Cathy' shows her evilness and her moster like behavior in many scene throughout the book. Steinbeck illustrates Cathy as being a monster , 'I believed there are monsters born in the world ... It is my belief that Cathy Ames was born with the tendencies, or lack of them, which drove and forced her all of her. Cathy was born with an innocent look that fooled many; she had golden blond hair, hazel eyes, a thin and dedicated nose , and a small chin to make her face look heart shaped.

According to the town Cathy lived, Cathy had a scent of sweetness, but that is just what Cathy wanted the town to see and think when Cathy planned her kill; 'The fire broke out... the Ames house went up like a rocket ... Enough remained of Mr. and Mrs. Ames to make sure there were two bodies .' Cathy had set the house on fire and broke into the safe to steal the family's money. As the investigators scooped the place, they noticed that the bolts stuck out and there were on keys left in the locks. They knew it was not an accident. Cathy's body was never found, but the town assumed that she died. 'If it had not been for...