BC: "Her eyes closed and a dizzy nausea shook her. She opened her eyes and starred about in terror. The gray room darkened and the cone of light flowed and rippled like water. And then her eyes closed again and her fingers curled as though they held small breasts. And her heart beat solemnly and her breathing slowed as she grew smaller and smaller and then disappeared - and she had never been." (Steinbeck 551) This quote is one of the last times we hear about Cathy in the book. She over dosed on pills and killed herself. This is her last act of evilness shown by her in the novel.
FC: Cathy Character Sketch By: Randy Patterson
1: In The book East of Eden by John Steinbeck, the Character Cathy is consistently a horrible person throughout the book for many reasons.
2: "I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents" (Steinbeck 71) This quote explains how Cathy was born into this world already an evil creature, already a monster.
3: "Back in the kitchen she took off the apron and put it in the stove and poked the coals until a flame sprang up on the cloth. She washed her hands and inspected her shoes and stockings and wiped a dark spot from the toe of her right shoe. She looked at her face in the mirror. Her cheeks were bright with color and her eyes shoe and her mouth turned up in its small childlike smile." (Steinbeck 85) | This quote depicts when Cathy kills her parents. She does this out of pure evil and has no remorse about it at all. This is the first instance in the book we see Cathy's evil side.
4: "You're a fool. You've nearly killed yourself and you haven't lost your baby" (Steinbeck 133) This quote is describing how Cathy attempts to abort her own baby. Later she uses her manipulation skills to convince the doctor that the men in her family have had a history of epilepsies and she didn't want the baby to have them too. As a reader we can infer that this is a complete lie but the doctor has no choice but to believe it.
5: "Her voice was dead and metallic. 'i don't give a damn what you believe. I'm going.' 'The babies-' 'Throw them in one of your wells." (Steinbeck 199" This quote is immediately after Cathy gives birth to her two sons. She feels no connection at all to them and would rather them dead then be in her life. She leaves the duty to Adam and storms out. while she was leaving Adam attempted to stop her. Cathy Then withdrew a gun and shot Adam. The father of her two sons and someone who deeply cares for her, she shot because she wanted nothing to do with situation, further showing her wicked side.
6: "She knew something was wrong about Kate, but if she didn't harm the house it really wasn't Faye's business... It was quite apparent to Faye that Kate was not learning a new trade" (steinbeck 219-220) This quote shows how Cathy/Kate was a whore. She went to a new whorehouse and the owner, Faye, knew something was up about Cathy but didn't know what. Cathy's manipulation led Faye to really like Cathy over the others. Cathy doesn't see this as kind or sweet, though, she sees it as an opportunity.
7: "Now you rest and I'll be back in a little while." (Steinbeck 249) This quote is right as Faye is dying. When Cathy saw she was getting much greater attention than all the other girls, she took this as an opportunity to take over the brothel. She gave Faye a good amount of poison that killed her slowly over time. She stayed by her side the whole time making it seem like she cared so she could run it. She even got Faye warm milk when she was dying.