In the debate titled Of the Equal or Unequal Sin of Adam and Eve, two authors; Isotta Nogarola and Ludovico Foscarini, argue about the original sin committed by Adam and Eve. Nogarola first states that Eve lacked a sense and constancy and that she therefore sinned less than Adam did. In her case the serpent thought of Adam as invulnerable due to his constancy. God created Adam to have unchanged opinions and state of mind, in order to avoid falling into the serpent’s persuasion, however Eve’s vulnerability led her to a severe sin. God found Adam guilty for the sin because he esteemed man more highly than woman and led his command towards Adam to not eat the fruit from the tree.
Arguably Milton presentation of Adam and Eve’s relationship as unequal pushes Eve to seek independence from Adam and thus causes the Fall of mankind. Milton’s presents Eve to be more equal to Adam than the biblical presentation of their relationship since in Genesis Eve is merely Adam’s wife who eats the forbidden fruit; when eve is created Genesis it states ‘she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man’ (Genesis 2.24). Her main character construct in Genesis is that she was created from the body of man. Whereas Milton gives Eve an individual self separate from Adam, Milton develops Eve into a more complex character. Yet this individuality stems from her inferiority.
Jonathan Whitfield believes that Eve’s wrongdoings are overly heightened, which therefore present her character in a “patriarchal mythological narrative that favors [Adam]” (61). It is in this line of criticism that one must reexamine Eve’s confrontation of Adam after their fall. After being chastised by God, Eve turns to Adam and proclaims, “Was I t’have never parted from thy side? / As good have grown there still a lifeless rib!” (IX.1153-54). Here, Eve acknowledges her movement away from Adam, away from her status as “she for God in him” and as inferior to Adam because she came from him (IV.299).
Remember, Satan has been thrown from Heaven and now he is in the Garden of Eden trying to separate Adam and Eve from God. Satan decided to tempt Adam through Eve and told her if she did eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil she would not surely die. He told her she would be like God and it is not wrong to be like God. It should be everyone’s goal to be holy like God (Life Application Notes and Bible Help, 1996). For one to be like God, he must desire to be holy.
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.
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. Milton’s demonstration of Eve’s ability to analyze God’s commands with reason and her own judgment emphasizes his opinion that in order to succeed one needs only to have faith in God, which supersedes all intellect, for God is the most knowledgeable being. Adam has the undying faith necessary to remain in Paradise, but Eve obviously does not and is therefore responsible for her sins, and for their banishment.
God told Adam and Eve not to eat the forbidden fruit , they did anyways God punished them but also perceived .In Paradise lost there are many speculations to prove there was a superior and an inferior in every circumstance but god was the hierarchy of them all. He was the creator of all and superior. God had given each a different outlook on everyone. Though we are not created from free will , we are created by a desire from free will. Eve had the desire to gain knowledge.
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.
Milton makes use of Christian doctrine but still allows himself enough room for poetic license to create this celestial battle. Paradise Lost reflects Adam and Eve’s true purity and innocence on Earth, as well as God’s ultimate test by placing the Forbidden Fruit in reach allowing Satan to manipulate the scene. One issue Milton’s epic poem provokes is whether or not Adam and Eve were so innocent that they had no real concept of death or punishment, thus slightly justifying falling into temptation. I, however, believe that original innocence translates directly to ignorance. God gave Adam and Eve the option to fall into the temptation Satan offered them in order to give them free will, to test their faith and know that they had true intentions and faith in His word to not have to know what would happen if they took the fruit.
Some say that the first women, named Lilith, was part demon. Christ... ... middle of paper ... ...llah with his infinite mercy forgave them both, which is different from the Christianity teaching of the original sin. After some time Allah sent down Adam, his wife and his decendents to Earth. From that time the decndents knew that being on earth is temporary and that the here after is there home either heaven or hell. Now on earth Allah warned Adam and the decendents of the whispering satan.