East of Eden
Chapter 8 introduces Cathy Ames, the female character that Steinbeck depicts as a natural born “monster.” He creates an argument that some people in the world are born with malformed minds in just the same way that others suffer from visible disfigurements. The perception of Cathy from the viewpoint of other characters is often warped as that they cannot see her inner self. Making matters worse is the fact that Cathy Ames is beautiful. Is she able to disguise who she really is? How would you describe Cathy? Is she a natural born “monster”? Be specific and give examples from the text. Has Steinbeck personified her in any way? Comment below.