Throughout the epic, God’s actions appear to focus on ensuring that his creations cannot hold him responsible for their fall, rather than strengthening them against it as a preventative measure. In Book 3 of the epic, God exclaims that “[Adam] had of Me / All he could have” (2.97-98) and that Adam was “Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall” (3.99). In these lines, God argues ...
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During Eve’s attempted temptation of Adam, his absolute reliance on Eve leaves him uxorious and detracts from his agency and loyalty to God. Both before Adam encounters Eve and when he first converses with her by the lake, he reveals his utter dependence on her. When she informs him of her partaking of the forbidden fruit and asks him to fall with her, Adam admits that he “with [Eve] hath ruined, for with [her] / Certain [his] resolution is to die; / How can [he] live without [her]?” (9.906-908). Adam cannot imagine a life without the individual who physically and figuratively remains a vital piece of himself. By his own inability to retain a theocentric hierarchy above his enamorment with Eve, Adam’s uxorious nature dominates his decisions. He so deeply obsesses over Eve that his emotions detract from his loyalty to his faith in God.
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