Essay about Post-Freudian Pshychoanalytic Theory of Adam & Eve

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Jane Doe
December 6, 2012

Post-Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory of Adam and Eve The story of Adam and Eve is one of the most culturally important and known stories in the Bible regarding the origin of mankind. It’s generally followed by Judeo-Christians but is also grasped by other religious views, though many tend to overlook minor key details that may alter the whole interpretation. First, God created a man named Adam to primarily tend to the garden he planted in Eden. There were many trees in the garden that happened to contain two special types of trees. God allowed Adam to eat from any tree he wished, except from one specific tree. Then, God created a woman to accompany Adam who automatically became his wife. The woman came
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However, since the two trees reveal supernatural gifts, it makes it eros. The Oedipal Conflict strikes as God, being the father figure, commands Adam to stay away from the forbidden tree. He automatically assumes authority over Adam, since he created him. This type of power may cause Adam to feel intimidated. For one thing, God tells Adam that if he disobeys and eats from the forbidden tree, he will “ surely die”. If that doesn’t intimidate you, I don’t know what else will. However, later in the story, we learn that Adam does eat from the forbidden tree but does not die. Is God lying to Adam? Not quite. Adam will die eventually, unless he ate from the tree of life. We can see that God was ultimately protecting Adam, as a father figure should. Moving on in the story, God creates a woman to accompany Adam in the Garden of Eden. “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame” (Genesis 2:25). Unless they forgot to document the wedding ceremony, the woman automatically became the wife of Adam. Progressing further into the story, we learn that Adam names the woman, Eve, once he acquires some power of her. The fact that they were both naked and neither of them cared shows thanatos because being exposed was meaningless to them. The companionship between Adam and the woman demonstrates eros because it shows that she was created to accompany Adam, be there for him when he needs it. Like how most view marriage, it’s a

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