A Feminist Reading of <i>East of Eden</i> by John Steinbeck
Somaye Mostafaei, University of Semnan, Iran (Islamic Republic Of) ; Ensieh Shabanirad, University of Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)
ILSHS Volume 63, ISSN 2300-2697
East of Eden one of the most controversial works by John Steinbeck since its publication up to now has been receptive to many critical discourses in almost all of the critical approaches. One of the most important reasons to this critical reception is its wide circle of themes and symbolic nature. Having created a world full of universal values, Steinbeck succeeded to challenge many of these values. This paper tries to examine East of Eden with regard to feminist approach. By an over view of the main female characters in the novel especially Cathy Ames as devil incarnate and also the relationship between male and female characters, this paper intends to go through the issue much more deeply and find the dominant viewpoint dominating the whole atmosphere of the novel toward the expected role of women in society and family.
Mostafaei, S. & Shabanirad, E. (2015). A Feminist Reading of East of Eden by John Steinbeck. International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, 63, 145-150.