What does this East of Eden quote mean?

Can someone help me understand? “All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil…evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is” (Steinbeck 413) This comes from chapter 34 of East of Eden. Can someone help me to understand what he means?

Answer #1

I love Steinbeck. :] Who said this again? Im guessing Sam did. He’s pretty much saying everyone has good wnd evil in them, but goodness is always there and evil is always rising again. I dont remember when or why he said that so I dont know what he means other than, people are always fighting off evil.

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