Charles is Adam’s brother. Charles is a violent young boy who does not consider the effects of his actions; though he loves his brother, he beats him up badly and once tries to kill him. Charles is a devoted son to his father, Cyrus, and grows into a capable yet lonely farmer. When he dies he leaves his small fortune to Adam and Catherine, though he always hated Catherine, because he could see the evil in her (likely because he felt that same kind of evil in himself).
Charles Trask Quotes in East of Eden
The East of Eden quotes below are all either spoken by Charles Trask or refer to Charles Trask. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of East of Eden published in 1952.).
Chapter 3 Quotes
“You’re trying to take him away! I don’t know how you’re going about it. What do you think you’re doing?”
Chapter 7 Quotes
“The proofs that God does not exist are very strong, but in lots of people they are not as strong as the feeling that He does.”
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Charles Trask Character Timeline in East of Eden
The timeline below shows where the character Charles Trask appears in East of Eden. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Adam returns home, beaten, Alice and Cyrus are shocked. Cyrus demands that Adam explain why Charles did this to him. Adam explains that Charles believes Cyrus doesn’t love him. Cyrus has... (full context)
...dance around the issue of their father throughout dinner, until finally they return to it. Charles is deeply worried about the possibility that the money they have inherited from their father... (full context)
...medications and he falls into a heavy sleep. While he is unconscious, she goes into Charles room. When Charles understands her intentions he remarks that his brother is a “poor bastard”... (full context)
...might not even be the boys’ father—she maliciously reveals to him that she slept with Charles after drugging Adam with her medications. Adam closes his eyes for a moment, but then... (full context)