The greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell he fears. - John Steinbeck, East of Eden

James Dean and Julie Harris in a promotional photo for East of Eden.

James Dean photographed by Floyd McCarty on the set of East of Eden.


this crappy gif I made a while ago has a lot of notes so I made this new and improved version (◡‿◡✿)

Cain rose up against his brother Abel and slew him. And Cain went away and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. Now why don’t you go away someplace?


East of Eden (1955) dir. Elia Kazan

…it’s awful not to be loved. It’s the worst thing in the world. Don’t ask me how I know that. I just know it. It makes you mean and violent and cruel. And that’s the way Cal has always felt, all his life. I know you didn’t mean it to be that way, but it’s true. You never gave him your love. You never asked him for his. You never asked him for one thing.