Most people, throughout history, have always been quick to judge others and their actions. Author John Milton is no different. In his books of Paradise Lost Milton finds faults in Eve’s actions and blames her for the fall of mankind. He points out specific flaws in her character. Flaws like chosen ignorance, pride, and vanity. They way Milton makes these points in Paradise Lost almost encourages readers to believe that all women possessed these character flaws and are there for the cause of most problems for men.
The “Two Great Sexes:” Feminism and Eve in Paradise Lost
Most versions of Eve’s experiences in Eden before the fall are never truly explored, instead adhering strictly to the biblical text and focusing on her role in the fall. Milton, however, offers a radically different depiction of Eve. Her active involvement is not constrained only to her deception and fall. Milton goes beyond her portrayal in the Bible, depicting her prelapsarian role in Eden. While the hierarchical order of all creatures, including men and women, remains intact, Milton portrays an Eve who works directly alongside Adam.
He thinks that she is his past, because she is always behind him and following him as his shadow. Because he was alone since he was created, he did not used to be around creatures that talk so much. One of his wishes was that Eve does not talk and he stated that, “I wish it would not talk, it is always talking.” (Twain, p:21). Adam justified his wish by mentioning that he never had the chance to hear a human voice before, and “it sounds like a cheap fling at the poor creature.” (Twain, p:21). However, he realized that this kind of sounds is smiler to his sound. How Twain explained Adam’s opinion on Eve’s sound, is that he did not like
The serpent tempted Eve to sin by convincing her that disobeying God would favor her, although it is otherwise. He is very cunning, twisting every situation in his benefit. In Scripture it states:
In Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, he doesn’t necessarily defend or blame Eve for the fall of mankind.
As Book VIII of John Milton’s Paradise Lost begins, the “new-waked” human Adam ponders the nature of the universe and the motion of the stars (ll. 4-38). When Adam has finished his speech, Milton takes the opportunity to describe Eve, who is listening nearby. We find Eve reclining in the Garden, but with grace, not laziness: “she sat retired in sight,/With lowliness majestic from her seat” (41-42). This “lowliness majestic” is the central phrase to understanding Eve’s character—she is both humble and glorious. Everything that beholds her is captivated by her “grace that won who saw to wish her stay” (43). Even in this paradise, every other beautiful creation is drawn to Eve. She walks among the “fruits and flow’rs,” and they all light up in her presence (44-47). In line 44, Milton replaces “the” with “her” to describe these fruits and flowers, indicating that they belong to her--she is like a mother to all things that “bud and bloom” (45). He even uses the term “her nursery” to describe Eve’s relationship with the Garden, signifying that Eve nurses the growing things like she would her children (46). As their mother arrives, the plants all perk up: “they at her coming sprung/And touched by her fair tendance gladlier grew” (46-47). Eve is beyond beautiful—not only does all creation adore and marvel at her, in her presence, each created thing is renewed. Her glory is found in her outward appearance and her ability to bring things to life, while her humility is in her character. Contrast Eve to the witch-queen Jadis in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Both are exceptionally beautiful and possess a sort of magic—Eve to bring things to life and Jadis to destroy them. However,...
she did eat it; and she gave it unto her husband..." (Genesis 3.6). Eve, out of
This article goes into depth on the theoretic motivation for Genesis 3:21. As well as touching upon important topics that comes along with this movement, such as the gender roles of a specific sex and the fall of man. Eve’s role in all this is to be a mother figure for the world, spreading knowledge of good, as well as evil. She also has to be the messenger and spreads this knowledge on to Adam. But who obtains this sacred knowledge, also obtains the “curse.” Thus resulting in Eve to be down looked upon as an evildoer who is cursed, and transfers her negative influence on to the pure and righteous Adam. Once again, the female is deemed as manipulative and devious vs their counter part, the high and mighty male. With this information, Bovell
Milton was looked on by many feminists, “of or relating to or advocating equal rights for women,”(comma before quotation mark) as rather chauvinistic in the way he portrayed Eve. In, (delete,) Paradise Lost, there are many examples of Eve being slighted (comma and substitute well with while) well Adam remains unscathed.
Reinventing Literary History- Cregan Joselyn Wohl
Paradise Lost by John Milton 2/16/99
It is obvious to the reader that John Milton blames Eve entirely for initiating the
original sin and thus losing Paradise. It is she who convinces her husband to allow them
to work separately, and it is she who is coerced to eat the fruit that was expressly
forbidden by God. John Milton’s view is patriarchal, but involves a contradictory
description of Eve as logical, for men at that time did not view women as intelligent.