When Man took the fruit of the Forbidden Tree, we lost that close relationship with God and Adam and Eve were casted and banned from the Garden of Eden. This story is perhaps the strongest example of a huge turning point in human history since it is because of their Original Sin the descendants of Adam and Eve are greatly affected. In this paper I will argue that woman’s punishment “…yet your desire shall be for you husband, and he shall rule over you.” (Gen. 3:16) applying it to the treatment of women using examples from Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, God invited man to be in communion with him to share the immense love that he has but, some may believe that the covenant between Himself and man was completely lost after the sin of Adam and Eve:
After the fall, [God] buoyed them up with the hope of salvation by promising redemption; and he has never ceased to show his solicitude for the human race. For he wishes to give eternal life to all those who seek salvation by patience in well-doing.
Even if it may seem that all hope was lost and the fear of death is lurking behind the corner, God promises them that they are going to be saved and redeemed. Although it is good that all mankind is promised redemption, the punishments that God brought upon Adam and Eve has affected the rest of man and continues to have its affects today.
The example in which reveals how God punishes Eve and how it affected women can be seen in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. Throughout history, women have been subordinate to men. Women have always been under man’s rule always serving him and having little to no right or say in anything. This is cle...
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...ah is, in a sense, a renewal of the covenant with Adam.
Overall, these being the few of the many examples of how Original Sin has affected all of mankind, there is still hope for us. Whomever seeks and wishes to be saved, just as Noah wanted to be saved, shall be saved. However, submission has always been a part of history and though we have advanced and now women have more rights and slowly becoming equal to man, the submission will always be there.
Catechism of the Catholic Church Second ed., Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 20.
Kate Chopin, The Awakening, Bedford/St. Martin’s (Boston New York), 79.
Ignatius Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, 2nd Catholic edition. (Gen 8:15-16).
Ignatius Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, 2nd Catholic edition. (Gen 8:18).
John Bergsma, Bible Basics for Catholics, Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame Press: 2012), 40.
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