Mary is John’s sister. She is an athletic child, in fact the best athlete in the county, and wishes desperately to be a boy. She grows out of this desire eventually, but one of John’s clearest memories of his childhood is helping his sister figure out how to be a boy.
Mary Steinbeck Character Timeline in East of Eden
The timeline below shows where the character Mary Steinbeck appears in East of Eden. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.