Essay about John Milton 's Paradise Lost

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John Milton wrote Paradise Lost to emote his beliefs about what role man and woman played in the creation of humanity. His beliefs are not unique, as his argument has played out for thousands of years. In Book IV, the reader begins to experience the true nature of the gender wars that plays out throughout his Epic. Milton places a twist on the story of Eve so that the reader will be swayed to follow his beliefs. He wants to the reader to investigate the true intention of God and that because of her sin the Fall was inevitable. In this passage of Book IV, there is an initial analysis of what led to the fall of Eve.
The premise for the beginning of Book IV is a dialogue that takes place between a married couple. The couple is Adam and Eve. Eve is describing to Adam her vison of herself and how she was consumed by her own reflection. This conversation is overheard by Satan and here begins the framework for the Fall to begin. The emergence of Eve from Adam reflects the story of Narcissus. Narcissus is a mythological boy who fell in love with his own image. His love for himself was so intense that he drowned in his own image in the pool of water. (Ovid) Eve became so consumed with her own image that God led her away to keep her pure in self.
Eve is discussing with Adam her origins in Paradise and how she was created from him and thus a lesser being than him. Milton sets up an iambic pentameter narrative that will continue to oppress Eve. She is delegated to be beneath Adam and…

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