Study Guide

East of Eden Characters

By John Steinbeck

Cyrus Trask

Cyrus is the Papa Bear. He's a one-legged ex-soldier who takes his brief military career very...

Adam Trask

Adam is the first man. Duh. Okay okay, he's actually the main character of East of Eden, but...

Charles Trask

Charles is the younger brother of Adam and the Cain to Adam's Abel (yes, everybody has a biblical...

Cathy/Kate

Note: Cathy's name switches halfway through the novel. We refer to her based on what she is going...

Cal

Cal is Adam's and Cathy's son, Aron's brother, and the second Cain of the novel. He's also the...

Aron

Aron is the son of Adam and the brother of Cal. He is the perfect little blonde angel of the...

Lee

Lee is Adam's Chinese-American servant, but he's really more of a super assistant who takes care...

Samuel Hamilton

Samuel is the patriarch of the Hamilton lot, but he is so much more than that too. An...

Hamilton Family

Liza is Samuel's God-fearing wife. She's mean, she hates fun, and she only reads the Bible, but...