Eve and the Apple No one completely understands the ways of God. Many of us can come up with our own opinions, and justify his ways in our own minds, just as Milton did in Paradise Lost. Just as Adam and Eve, we all are gifted with free will and the responsibility of making important decisions and choices in our life, which will determine our future. But we may well ask ourselves today, of what use would this free will be to us if we did not know good from evil? When Eve ate the apple in the Garden of Eden she had two different voices telling her what to do.
In Genesis 3 the Bible says, the devil appeared as a serpent in the Garden, and began to tempt Eve to go against God’s rule (Genesis 3:1). He convinced Eve to doubt God’s Word. Satan told Eve, if she ate the fruit from the tree she would become as enlightened as God, knowing all of what He knows, and that she would no longer need Him. Satan does this in the modern world today. He convinces humans that they do not need God.
Milton describe Eve’s eating of the forbidden fruit had brought the loss of immortality. The loss of immortality gave us the loss of making decision on are own. We are dependent on God. Being dependent on him does not give us the sense of free will. The first disobedience act Satan was the starter of all man disobedience , he was the one to perceived Eve on giving her an idea to eat the forbidden fruit.
Instead, he lays down several arguments for why she should eat the fruit. In truth, although he lies about personally tasting the fruit, the argument is accurate--she will have more knowledge and see the world more clearly. The case for eating the fruit that the angel lays out in the dream is straightforward and uncomplicated. He says that the fruit is capable of making "Gods of men" (V, 70). He does not present any darkness, preferring to present a world where Eve will become "[her]self a goddess, not to earth confin'd, but sometimes in the Air..." (V, 78-79) He does not try to appeal to Eve's intelligence or curiosity; instead he presents a world where she will be happier, more powerful, and more honored.
He claims that Eve suffered a harsher punishment, believed she resembled God, and caused Adam’s sin. According to Foscarini, Eve sinned from ignorance and inconstancy. He backs up his argument by stating Eve is not excused because of her ignorance and is more knowledgeable than given credit, since God created her. Foscarini says that in the Bible, the serpent approached Eve with a question rather than through persuasion, meaning Eve simply answered a question and unknowingly fell into a trap. Although Adam was assigned to protect her, Eve is not off the hook.
Eve was told not to go to the tree but she disobeyed God, She was curious about what the serpent told her and ate the apple with Adam. They were happy for a short time period and God made them suffered for what they have done. It was all Satan’s trap to destroy us where ever we are and make us weak in our spiritual growth, but we were lucky enough to have God and He always there for us. He also uses temptations to test our faith in Him and be developed to overcome them. All temptations give people a chance not to be suffered but to be better.
However, he does not give her much room for independent thought - Satan provides the answers to all of the questions he has posed. Eve is pressured to make a decision as soon as possible, and is not awarded the leisure to work out the fallacies in his argument. She does not have the tools to combat Satan's superior intellect. With Eve's faith in God severely shaken and her hopes raised for the future, her decision to eat of the tree is a foregone conclusion. Works Cited Milton, John.
However, because of the influence of the serpent, she does not consider it a gift from God. The serpent has caused her to believe that God did not give the tree to Adam and Eve because it was not his to give. Therefore, Eve supposes that God must “envy what [he] cannot give: / For had the gift been [his], it had not here / Thus grown” (ln 805-7). In other words, she argues that if God had had possession of this tree, he would not have left it where it is. Therefore, according to Eve’s manipulated reasoning, God must not have the knowledge that the tree bestow... ... middle of paper ... ...d “Adam” in line 831.
Had Eve ignored the serpent and refused to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil perhaps civilization would still exist as nirvana. However happiness and in effect perfection is relative. A beautiful spring day is only as beautiful as the worst s... ... middle of paper ... .... By explicitly telling Adam and Eve to stay away from the tree of knowledge, God in effect inhibited man?s free will. All in all the actions of Eve were neither good nor evil, but instead necessary. Through her actions she brought to light the evils of the world, and as a result man is able to appreciate that which is good.
Satan successful in deceiving Eve runs away after she eats the forbidden fruit. Returning to Adam, Eve seduces him into committing a sin thus results in the Fall of grace. However, Adam not deceived by Satan; but he’s swayed by Eve’s feminine charm. Furthermore, he knew the consequences that God would give if his disobeyed. In addition, Adam was forewarned in Book 8 of the impending danger from Satan, that he should repel temptation and his passion for Eve to do the right thing.