How Cruel Is the Story of Eve, An Interpretation

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In our present era, there is no doubt that the evolution of women's rights has come a long way. It is in the Western Culture that these values for which women have fought for generations, are in conflict with Genesis 1-3. The events that occur in this "creation story" are crucial in that it begins when God creates man in his own likeness and man is given domination over all living things. The significance is the prominence given to men; God is male and his most important creation is male. 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.

Stevie Smith blames Genesis 3 by holding it responsible in history for cruelty. She openly states in her poem that the story of Eve must be held accountable for all the suffering women had to endure: "Ah what cruelty, In history What misery" (Smith ll.9-11). Furthermore, the author communicates her message very powerfully through the use of dictio...

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...stioned is rhetorical, suggesting persuasiveness to the fact that the story is meaningless except to discriminate and make miserable the targeted gender.

Undoubtedly, Stevie Smith's accusations towards the biblical story of Eve show how women have been victims of despair and suffering. She holds it responsible for cruelty towards women. She implies that the values derived from the story of Eve were forced upon women without any choice whatsoever. To conclude, she challenges the authenticity of the religious tale on a whole to further prove that a story as influential as this one, should not continue to reign misery amongst humanity. The blindfold must be uncovered, and the colored human thought must be undone. Women's rights have come a long way since or ancestors, let us continue in the proper direction and hope that all will follow the right course of action.
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