The Power Of Scripture, Milton, Paradise Lost By John Milton Essay

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The power of scripture that existed in early Europe stood as the outline of moral guidelines laid down by the Bible that were mandatory of a Christian society. It established the hierarchical and male-controlled roles of the husband as head of the house, and the woman as the innocent and obedient homemaker. This was a popular topic in the heavily-religious literary society of early modern England. Most prominent among the span of literary works centering the topic was the epic poem by John Milton, Paradise Lost. However, Milton’s characters of Adam and Eve pose an apparent contradiction to the Adam and Eve of the Old Testament; where it suggests that Adam and Eve were created as equals, however, Milton’s Adam and Eve are clearly not seen as equals, and Adam noticeably treats Eve as his inferior prior to their transgression. Throughout his epic, Milton, and other writers, clearly shows how females are treated as less than equals to men. Other epics besides Paradise Lost had a negative view on women as well; Helen from The Iliad was responsible for the deaths of several thousand men. In the Odyssey, Clytemnestra’s husband says of his wife, "a song of hate--such is to be the chant that shapes her name among all men; the fame of woman kind--even the chaste--is blemished by her name" (Odyssey 24. 199-202). He gives absolutely no respect to his wife even though she is expected to obey him and honor him; Milton makes this expectation obvious. God told Eve in Book ten, "to thine…

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