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Characters and emerging motifs. East of Eden Part 1. Stuff you should know. Six methods of characterization You should six headings for taking notes today Label your notes “Methods of Characterization” When you are ready raise your hand. Characterization. 1. Physical appearance.

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stuff you should know
Stuff you should know

Six methods of characterization

You should six headings for taking notes today

Label your notes “Methods of Characterization”

When you are ready raise your hand


1. Physical appearance


2. Character’s actions


3. Character’s own words


4. What others say about the character


5. Character’s innermost thoughts and dreams


6. What the author tells us about personal history or background (exposition)

written response
Written Response

Look over your notes – list the ways that in “real life” situations we learn about people

Which methods are impossible to know about “real life” people?

How is knowing this helpful for understanding characterization in literature?

east of eden characters

East of Eden Characters

The Hamiltons from Ireland

now let s look at the families
Now let’s look at the families

The book is primarily about two families

One from the East

One from the West

notes on the families
Notes on the families

In your notes or on lined paper make t-graph

On the left side write EAST and on the right side write WEST

You will have many more characters listed on the West sided


West - Hamiltons

East - Trasks

the trasks of connecticut
The Trasks of Connecticut
  • Cyrus Trask
  • Mrs. Trask
  • Adam Trask
  • Alice Trask
  • Charles Trask

Adam is older than Charles

Adam and Charles are half brothers.

hamiltons from ireland
Hamiltons from Ireland
  • Liza Hamilton
  • Samuel Hamilton
hamilton children
Hamilton Children
  • Lizzie
  • George
  • Tom
  • Dessie
  • Euna (Una)
  • Olive (author’s mother)
  • Mollie
  • Will
  • Joseph
  • Olive
  • Esther
  • Elizabeth
  • John
  • Mary
  • Ernest Steinbeck
what about motif
What about motif

Watch the following to see if any evolve to a symbol


What do different smiles and different characters indicate?

now you know
Now you know

Look for these things as you continue to read the novel.