God realized that Adam and Eve disobeyed him , so he punishes Adam and Eve with exile from The Garden of Eden and also punishes Eve with painful childbirth. From that story people can formulate ideas about how weak Eve was. The Serpent approaches Eve, because of course Eve, being a woman, was more spineless than Adam and thus more vulnerable to temptation. Woman was considered inferior to man when Eve surrendered to the temptation of Satan in the Garden of Eden. She ruined the rest of womankind and caused Adam to fall; she was responsible for ensuing evil in the world.
Moreover, Eve will ultimately suffer more than Adam. After they eat the forbidden fruit, the Son of God goes to earth to deliver their punishments. For Adam, he must grow his own food in an arduous process and will die, as will Eve. However, the Son of God also tells Eve “‘Thy sorrow I will greatly multiply // By thy conception; children shalt bring // In sorrow forth, and to thy husband’s will // Thine shall submit, he over thee shall rule,’” (Milton X.193-196). Although Adam’s punishment is going to make his life difficult and full of pain, Eve is now being told directly that she is inferior and must submit to Adam as well as endure unbearable amounts of pain during childbirth in addition to death.
The biblical account underlines the supremacy of man while making it clear that women play an inferior role. Furthermore, the biblical account also describes how woman are disobedient and yield to temptation, the result of which is the expulsion of both Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. In the poem "How Cruel is the Story of Eve", Stevie Smith's castigation towards the biblical story of Eve demonstrates how women have been victims of despair and suffering since the beginning of time. She holds it responsible for cruelty towards women in history, she implies that the values derived from the story of Eve were forced upon women without choice, and finally, she challenges the authenticity of the religious tale on a whole. Without a doubt, women have fallen victim to an untrue, religious tale from the beginning of time, and the poem is an outcry representing the suffering of women throughout history.
When God asked Adam not to eat from the apple tree, it was Eve, with her feminine lure, who was able to convince Adam to disobey Gods rules and eat the apple. Yet when God came to punish Adam for disobeying the rules, Adam pointed to Eve and blamed her for luring him into the sin of eating the apple. Yet in reality it was the serpent, which was the devil, that lured them into eating the apple. But of course Adam, being male had to blame Eve, the female. Which is typical male behavior to blame the woman, my sister says.
At the beginning of the prologue, the Wife of Bath says that, “Experience, even if there were no authority in this world, would be grounds enough for me” (1). She is telling the pilgrims that she will use her experience to guide her arguments about marriage before telling the tale. Although the Wife of Bath tries to contradict her misogynistic stereotypes, she actually unintentionally fulfills her medieval misogynistic stereotypes and reinforces the pilgrims that men should have control over women. The Wife of Bath is against her misogynistic stereotypes. In the prologue, when the Wife of Bath is talking about her five husbands, she says, “Since I had them wholly in my hand, and since they had given me all their land, why should I take pains to please them, unless it should be for my own profit or pleasure?” (211) While her husbands are giving their land to to Alisoun, she did not make any effort to make them feel better!
This is an important theme in Paradise Lost: When Adam and Eve eat the apple from the tree of knowledge, they lose Paradise. Although something good eventually comes out of it, there is a message about how gaining knowledge can be dangerous. This idea is also explored in Frankenstein, when the monster talks about how the more he learns about the world around him, how much more painful his life becomes: “I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me; I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge. Oh, that I had forever remained in my native wood, nor known or felt beyond the sensations of hunger, thirst, and heat…Of what a strange creature is knowledge! It clings to the mind, when it has once seized on it, like a lichen on the rock.
“There’s something in our world that makes men lose their minds,...” (Lee 295). That something is fear, an emotion that is never wanted. Fear is a major motivator in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, it encouraged the townspeople, Aunt Alexandra and Mayella to make some very bad decisions. The townsfolk joined the wrong crowd and prolonged racism in Maycomb. It caused Aunt Alexandra to stop people to be themselves and Mayella to accuse an innocent man of rape.
Othellos works as an example to prove the way of life of Elizabethan patriarchal society, the suppression and limitations of women. Women were expected to be silent, chaste, confined simply because it was their nature. Another thing woman can be powerful. Emilia states how women are no different to men regarding the physical matter. “let husbands know.
Women of any society always have had a different role to play than that of men. Psychologically, a woman is to find a mate in order to bring healthy offspring into the world. Conservative thinking tells women to cook, clean, take care of the family, and to perform other miscellaneous domestic chores. Yet, Sophocles also defines the place of a woman in his tragedies: Oedipus the King and Antigone. Women were respected as very powerful and dignified individuals, but at the same time were forbidden to meddle with the affairs of men as they, figuratively, were to stand behind men at all times.
In the letters, Abelard confesses his guilt on making love to his own wife, because they did so on dates that were unacceptable: “you know the depths of shame to which my unbridled lust had consigned our bodies, until no reverence for decency or for God dur... ... middle of paper ... ...sery for me – born as I was to be the cause of such a crime! Is it the general lot of women to bring total ruin on great men? Hence the warning about women in the proverbs?...she who had been created by the lord as a helpmate became the instrument of his total downfall. Heloise embodies societal views of a woman’s role by embracing preconceived expectations. The letters of Abelard and Heloise provide not only a heartbreaking story between two star crossed lovers, but provides a deep insight to how Christianity influenced societal views.