Monday, August 04, 2014
East of Eden, Discussion #2!
1. What do you think of the characters' growth and/or change in this section? Specifically, Adam, Cathy/Kate, and Lee have all had some big things happen.
These characters are funny. On the front end of thinking about this question, I thought, "Hey! They're all pretty dynamic!" But the truth of the matter is that there's plenty happening to and around them, but they aren't actually changing much. They're fascinating, nonetheless.
2. Lee is quickly becoming an important and insightful character. What do you think of his insights and his language switching?
I think Lee is perhaps my favorite so far. He's clever and honest and he's absolutely right that the people around him are completely colored by their expectations. He's got a point with his code switching. I'm really looking forward to learning more about him as we go. In relation to the question below, I also see his building a narrative around himself as a tie to the importance of the Cain and Abel story, as well as the overall construction of narrative. I can't wait to explore this more in future questions. All of these characters are fully invested in stories...whether it's a story they create for themselves (Kathy!) or a story built by their parents, society, etc.
3. The Cain and Abel story continues to take on more prominence. How so?
See above. I went off prematurely.
4. How do you perceive Samuel's role and the role of his family?
I'm still not sure what to make of Samuel and his family. Of course he's a father figure to Adam. Maybe the only good one. His family and their importance remains to be seen. Because we've delved so deeply into the dynamics of he and his children, I know more is coming!
5. Cathy/Kate...expound. There will probably be one of these at every checkpoint because OMGthatwoman.