John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

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John Steinbeck’s East of Eden takes place in the Salinas Valley primarily, which is located in Northern California during the 18 and 1900’s. From the beginning it is known that the theme of evil and good is a main part of the story as the narrator describes the setting of the Salinas Valley, describing that on either side of the Salinas River there were two mountain ranges. To the east were the Gabilan Mountains which “were light gray mountains full of sun and loveliness and a king of invitation, so that you wanted to climb into their warm foothills almost as you want to climb into the lap of a beloved mother” giving a very bright and loving description of the east (Steinbeck 3). On the west were the Santa Lucias mountain range which “stood…show more content…
The setting for the story being the Salinas Valley in California has a very rich historical significance and it has to do with the Manifest Destiny. “The term manifest destiny originated in the 1840’s” this is around the time period in which the story takes place, and the term meant the “progress of liberty and individual economic opportunity…” as the United States expanded from coast to coast ending with California <>. This gives insight into one of the many ways that California is regarded as a paradise place with yearly fruition ranking “first in the United States for agricultural cash receipts” totaling 11.63% of all agricultural produce and a promised land of wealth making it a perfect candidate for the setting of the re-enactment of the story of Genesis, and Eden known as The Promised Land <
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