I will begin my proof by analyzing Adam’s use of the word “lent” in “To give thee being I lent out of my side to thee.” (lines 483- 484) According to The Free Dictionary, “lent” is the past tense form of the word “lend” which means “to permit the use of (something) with the expectation of return of the same or an equivalent.” Firstly, how does Adam know that an act of loaning took place? We turn to book VIII where Adam relates his vision of Eve's creation to Raphael. He says “Mine eyes he closed… abstract as in a trance methought I saw (though sleeping where I lay),” (page 190, lines 460-463) showing that at the time, he was neither conscious nor...
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...ts Adam’s truth distortions have on Eve are quite simple. Saying he consented to the loan tells Eve that Adam did something nice for Eve that he didn’t have to do, and that without him, she would not exist. Thus, gaining her compassion and giving her an extremely strong feeling of indebtedness. Adding that what he loaned her was “substantial” life implies that she owes him something of a similar degree of importance in return, which he claims to be her. Obviously wanting to fulfill her obligation, she “reimburses” her creditor, “I yielded” (line 489).
Now it is clear that from the outset, Adam exploits Eve’s lack of knowledge in order to “Have thee by my side” (line 485). Was this the only way to accomplish his goal? Probably not. But was it the safest way (the most likely to work)? I think so, and apparently, so does Adam.
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