Narcissism in John Milton’s Paradise Lost When Eve eats the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, her decision to tell Adam of her disobedience turns on two suppositions. If her transgression is kept secret from God, Eve's augmented knowledge might increase Adam's love for her, and perhaps cause her to be more equal or even superior to Adam. Even though Eve was created comparable to Adam as his helper, she refers to Adam as her "Author and Disposer." Furthermore, she says that while God is Adam's law, Adam is her law. Apparently, Eve chafes under this arrangement, as she wraps up her evaluation of not telling Adam of her sin with, "for inferior who is free?"
After eating, they are aroused with lust and lay together, then fall to restless sleep. They waken to awareness of their nakedness and shame, and cover themselves with leaves. In their emotional distress, they fall into mutual accusations and blame. In Paradise Lost both books are derived from biblical root, they offer interpretations of of man's fall through Eve's motives, her attitude toward Adam, and her attitude toward her sin. When Eve was trying to decide whether or not to share the apple with Adam, one of her reasons for not sharing was so that she could be his equal, if not his superior.
Tartuffe explores the concept of how easy it is to deceive another person, while displaying how hard it can be to distinguish the truth. Thus, these works are similar in that they strive to reveal the difficulties in determining truth from falsehood and the problems that result from being unsuccessful in this distinction. Milton's Paradise Lost displays the difficulty in determining good from evil, or truth from falsehood. In Paradise Lost, Eve is faced with a decision: she is tempted by Satan to eat the forbidden fruit that God has prohibited to be devoured. Satan flatters her and tells her many lies in order to persuade Eve to betray God.
Although Adam was assigned to protect her, Eve is not off the hook. Eve’s pride caused the sin, since the devil promised her knowledge, which made her arrogant and inflated her pride. Eve receives the same consequences as Adam, in addition she must also be in pain while birthing a child. In conclusion, Eve’s punishment should be greater than Adam’s. Ludovico argues that all of Adam’s faults are her responsibility.
This watery, wavering image of Eve extends throughout Milton’s poem, and this further puts Eve in a weak position, for Eve is merely a ref... ... middle of paper ... ...to this seduction because she wishes for an alternate world, a world where she would understand her identity, shed her naïveté, and gain independence from Adam. God and Adam try to conquer Eve by imposing rules and ownership upon her, but this does not work. The mother of all mankind falls from her state of grace and innocence when she perceives that she will gain from her seduction by Satan and by disobeying God and Adam. Works and Sorces Cited Frye, Roland Mushat. God, Man, and Satan.
Which is typical male behavior to blame the woman, my sister says. In general men don’t take responsibility for their actions. Michealangelo has portrayed all this on the Sistienth Chapel. He has painted a picture that is portraying God punishing Adam for eating the apple. In this painting Adam loses his masculine image by pointing to Eve and blaming her for the problems that were caused by eating the apple.
Pointing the Finger in Paradise Lost After the fall in Milton’s Paradise Lost, Adam and Eve bicker and blame one another for their decent. First, Adam accuses Eve for her physical act of accepting the apple from Satan and eating it, thus defying God’s decree not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. In retaliation, Eve responds and attempts to not only justify her act, but also to place the blame on Adam. Eve’s reaction is typical of someone who does not like to admit he is wrong. Eve begins by challenging Adam with an argument that he would have done the same thing had he been in her situation.
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.
If Adam did not exist and Eve was by herself, she probably would not have taken the forbidden fruit. Eve might have thought about taking the forbidden fruit but would probably be too afraid to actually take action. The reason for this is that if God were to yell at the two, God would probably yell at Adam first then Eve so Eve would not really be afraid because the punishments would be more severe on Adam (not stating the fact that God knows everything). Women are always known to be gentle and fearful so if there were two people that committed a sin, the male would be questioned first. The plot of Macbeth is very similar to the plot of Adam and Eve.
This change in language from praising Eve that ‘all higher knowledge in her presence falls’ (Milton 8.551) to degrading her to ‘sweet compliance’ Anderson calls this the ‘language of subordination’ (Anderson 141). Therefore one can conclude that Adam and Eve’s equality only works if she is compliant and subordinate to him. Arguably, this gap in gender equality causes Eve to assert her individuality by separating herself from Adam by eating the apple. Eve’s desire to separate herself from Adam can be seen when she suggests they work apart. Adam immediately rejects the idea, he states that ‘the wife where danger or dishonour lurks safest and seemliest by her husband stays who guards her’ (Milton 9.267-269).