Analysis Of Eve 's ' Eve ' Essay

1780 Words Nov 30th, 2016 8 Pages
Thy equal fear that my firm faith and love Can by his fraud be shaken or seduced; Thoughts, which how found they harbour in thy breast Adam, misthought of her to thee so dear? (9. 286-89)
In this passage, Eve expresses disappointment in Adam’s reasoning concerning her liability of being enticed by the devil. Eve is saddened that Adam, despite being close to her, believes that she would compromise her love and faith in Adam for the evil. Adam has little conviction in Eve and her mental strength – he believes that Eve is only safe from temptation if he is around her. This shows the patriarchal hierarchies which influence Adam’s reasoning.
Lastly, Adam expresses affection towards Eve in a way that she does not want or is not satisfied with. Eve craves for thoughtful conversation and a connection of the mind with Adam. For instance, when Eve takes a bite of the fruit from the forbidden tree, her first thoughts are to hide this from Adam so he can view her as equal to him, she says,
Shall I to him make known As yet my change, and give him to partake Full happiness with me, or rather not, But keep the odds of knowledge in my power… So to add what wants In female sex, the to draw his love, And render me more equal… (9. 817-23)
Eve acknowledges that the female sex, as perceived by Adam, lacks knowledge, hence why she is unable to satisfy Adam. It is evident that Eve is referring to equality of the mind here, as Adam…

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