How Cruel Is The Story Of Eve Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Like the abovementioned slavery, women have ."..to marry a master She must or rue it" (Smith ll.15-16). The "must" implies a no choice situation where women are forced into doing something whether they want to or not. This cruel slavery described, enforced by "The Lord" (Smith l.17), advocates the implication that the story's values have influenced our population since the beginning. Additionally, she argues the fact that because it is God's will, it must be implemented. What's more, Smith states that the story of Adam and Eve ."..colors All human thought" (Smith ll.45-46), again adding to the influence the story has in history. If men "must make women lower..." (Smith l.24), then it is undeniable that the story of Adam and Eve, as Smith argues, is responsible for imposing the harsh qualities of life on women. Women are depicted as victims to this powerful imposing influence that gave neither sex a choice, and yet influenced mass cruelty upon women. Unmistakably, Smith argues the story is responsible for the cruelty and misery experienced by women throughout …show more content…
Most importantly, the story of Adam and Eve is so influential towards the discrimination of women, that Smith argues it is not a true story at all. In the poem, the religious story of whence began life, is depicted as nothing more than a story "Of falsity" (Smith l.38). Moreover, Smith imposes her opinion, demeaning the story such her use of diction suggest a story that is non-factual: "How cruel is the story of Eve" (Smith l.1). This degrading way of looking upon a famous, and most religious belief, can only mean that the author believes the story is false. If the story is false, then God did not say it, and it signifies nothing more that a mere creation myth. It cannot have much meaning if no one believes in the story. To add, Smith calls the story of Adam and Eve a "legend" (Smith l.39), as to call it an unproved, untrue story that has no meaning. It's meaning is even questioned: "But what Is the meaning..." (Smith ll.40-41). The manner in which the meaning is questioned is rhetorical, suggesting persuasiveness to the fact that the story is meaningless except to discriminate and make miserable the targeted

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