East of Eden details the story of mutiple families whose lives tragically intertwine over multiple generations. There are characters to love, such as Sam Hamilton. There are characters to hate, such as Catherine. There are characters to weep for, such as Adam. And there are characters to fear (and weep) for, such as Cal. The story mainly shows the brokenness of humanity, with flecks of beauty mixed in (Lee, for example). It is a story of longing and lostness, hatred and love. There wasn't much redemption at the end and most of the characters were not admirable. But the story was engaging and it helped me to feel a bit more in touch with the pain that people experience.