Temptation Narrative Genesis Vs Paradise Lost Essay
Dr. Ziva S Piltch
Reading in the Humanities
9 October 2016
Temptation narrative: Genesis vs Paradise Lost
The episode of the Fall of the Man is viewed with different perspectives from people to people and encounters several variances in literary pieces. John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, which can be considered as a detailed version of the Genesis, provides a more in-depth and illustrative look of the process and the purpose of the temptation. Milton has provided the audience with sufficient details on the activities undertaken by Adam, Eve and the Satan in comparison to the similar account in the Genesis. Likewise, being a renaissance writer, Milton, despite sharing the same storyline and outcomes to that of an acclaimed Biblical epic, has successfully elaborated the account to cater to his purpose of restoring free will and faith in God in general public.
In Genesis, the dialogue shared between the serpent and Eve is less developed and vague as compared to Milton’s Paradise Lost. The serpent’s approach is seen to be less personal as it quickly dives into the topic of the Tree of Knowledge and Eve is convinced to eat the forbidden fruit because the Tree is “good for eating and lovely to look at” (Genesis Chapter 3). In Paradise Lost, Satan’s approach is more complex than the Biblical version. Satan uses charm and flattery, extolls Eve above all other Creatures in the garden and woes her trust towards him. When Eve gets cautious of his words, the Satan,…