East of Eden Setting & Symbolism

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The Salinas Valley

The story takes place in the fertile Salinas Valley area of Northern California.

King City, California

King City is a town in the Salinas Valley in California close to the farm settled by Samuel Hamilton.

The Trask Farm

Cyrus Trask works his farm in Connecticut, and after Adam leaves to go to the army and Cyrus takes his position of Secretary of War in Washington, Charles stays back and works the farm.

The inns

Mr. Edwards keeps a network of prostitutes at inns throughout New England, and Charles makes a habit of visiting the inns periodically.

The Ames House

Cathy kills her parents by setting fire to their home while they are sleeping one night.

Adam's Wanderings

After his discharge from the army, Adam wanders several states as a hobo and is eventually apprehended for vagrancy in Florida where he works on chain gangs building...

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