1. Warming up with the first pages of Part 4
Think of some of the characters who have passed away so far in the novel (Cyrus, Una, Samuel, Charles, Dessie, Tom?).
- How does this chapter apply to their deaths and the way other characters responded to their deaths? In other words, were their vices "attempted short cuts to love"? Did they die unloved? Did they choose a course of thought or action? Did their deaths bring no pleasure to the world?
- Now think of some of the living characters in the novel. How does this chapter apply to their lives? How are they caught in contest of good and evil? Is one side winning? If evil is respawning, what different faces is it assuming? If virtue is immortal, how is it living on as it always has?
2. Enjoying a Socratic Seminar on Chapters 31-33
3. Wrapping up
1. Read chapters 34-40 in East of Eden; select any of the reading ticket possibilities from the Socratic Seminar page on my website.
2. Acquire your independent reading book.