East of Eden is thought of to be the land where Adam and Eve settled after the banishment. It could not have been the West of Eden, because there was no such thing as West during those times. In fact there was also no such thing as East during those times.
There was only this land. But since the beginning of times, this is believed to be in the Middle East. East it is therefore, and not West. Anyway, this was not what I was meant to talk to you about. Let us just say, East is East and West is West and whatever is in between is none of our business.
East of Eden, the movie, is what we would talk about about. In this adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel of the same title, one finds symbolism all throughout. While the theme is all about good and evil under the pseudo-setting of Abel and Cain, its twist and turns of the plot make the story as exciting as the actors that played the roles. Truly the conflict between good and evil takes a dramatic turn at the conclusion of the novel.
Man by nature is good, and he starts out to be good, but even if he ends out bad, there is still something good in him. This is the dissertation of Steinbeck, but it is not easy to uncover nor reflect on in his novel.
Billed in the box office as “the strangest revenge ever made”, the final resolution of the story begins with a decision under a tree (another symbolism if I might add). Cal’s brother, Aaron, has not seen his mother since birth—-
(this is mighty fine acting and a mighty good movie, why can’t you make one like it?)