East of Eden: Road Signs Mini Poster

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Road Signs Mini Poster
East of Eden  

 

 (Student Exemplar)

            

             

Dangerous Descent

                    in East of Eden

        This road sign applies to Cathy Trask in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.  Cathy is truly an evil woman.  She cannot understand goodness in others and sees it as a weakness.  She attacks anyone who tries to exert control over her.  As a teenager, she kills any inconvenient lovers and kills her parents when she wants to leave home.  She marries Adam Trask, but she drugs him on their wedding night and sleeps with his brother, Charles.  She gets pregnant and tries to abort her twin babies but does not succeed.  When the (un-named) babies are a month old, she shoots Adam and runs away, leaving her sons behind.  She becomes a prostitute named Kate, goes into business with Faye, another madam, and poisons her to gain financial control of the brothel.  Giddy with the money left to her by her now dead business partner, Kate discovers she has also inherited half of Charles Trask’s wealthy estate. 

       Wealth and power are important to her.  She extorts money by blackmailing customers who have political influence.   At one point she talks to her son, Cal, and  praises her own successful brothel business and the town's hypocrites: "I've got the toughest house on the coast - and the finest clientele. Yeah! Half the stinking city hall go there."  She has arthritis in her hands by the time Cal meets her, and she likes morphine.  Cathy is a woman bent on not only a dangerous descent but a sure descent.  By the end of the novel, she commits suicide to end her physical pain.  Her money and power cannot follow her into death, and she dies a miserable woman, alone on a dark night.

 

 

You have just completed John Steinbeck’s East ofEden.  Road sign messages often can apply to life and even literary characters in some way.  Decide which of the following signs depicts one of the characters in East of Eden.  Make a sign using the road sign saying and provide graphics to further help audience understanding of how the sign, saying, and graphics offer insight into a particular character.  Before you begin, please take note of colors used on signs all around the world and what the colors indicate:  yellow and black, warning;  green and white, guide signs; orange and black, construction signs; red, negative information and warning;  blue, positive signal of a required action or a feature that you can take advantage of; brown and white, recreation signs (like State Parks).  Shapes also indicate something to the public:  triangles indicate warnings; circles are restrictions or requirements; diamond shapes indicate priority; squares and rectangles give guidance.

 

Use a 12” x 18” piece of white or colored paper for this assignment. Somewhere on your poster indicate the  title and a pertinent quote from the book that helps emphasize the road sign saying.  Grading criteria: insight into character and/or themes of East of  Eden,  use of space, appropriateness of saying, color, and shape to the particular character/theme; neatness. Be ready to present your poster in class along with a one page written explanation of the mini-poster.

   

East of Eden characters for you to consider:  
         Adam Trask, Cathy/Kate Trask, Cal Trask, Aron Trask, Abra Bacon

 

BEWARE OF DOG

BUCKLE UP

CHILDREN PLAYING

DANGER : NO SWIMMING

ROAD NARROWS

DANGEROUS DESCENT

DETOUR

DO NOT BLOCK INTERSECTION

DO NOT DISTURB

EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY

EVACUATION ROUTE

EXTINGUISH ALL SMOKING MATERIALS

FALLING ROCK

FIRE LANE

HAIRPIN TURN AHEAD

IN CASE OF FIRE USE STAIRS

KEEP OFF OF THE GRASS

LOOSE GRAVEL

NO DELIVERIES DURING LUNCH

NO DUMPING

NO LEFT TURN

NO PARKING HERE TO CURB

NO PASSING ZONE

NO RIGHT TURN

NO SALESMEN

NO STOPPING OR STANDING

NO TRESPASSING

NO U-TURN

ONE WAY

OPEN OTHER END

PASSING PROHIBITED

POST NO BILLS

REFRIGERATE AFTER OPENING

REMAIN SEATED WHILE VEHICLE IS IN   MOTION

RESERVED FOR HANDICAPPED

RESERVED PARKING

REST AREA

RIGHT TURN ON RED AFTER STOP

ROAD ENDS IN WATER

ROAD NARROWS

SLIPPERY WHEN WET

SMOKING IN DESIGNATED AREAS
         ONLY

SPEED RADAR ENFORCED

STOP

SWING BRIDGE

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

VIOLATORS WILL BE PERSECUTED

VISITORS MUST CHECK IN AT OFFICE

WET PAINT

YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS  

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I would like to know what to do for a road sign for Samuel Hamilton. I can't seem to figure out what would be a good sign for him