The Role Of Women In Paradise Lost By John Milton

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During the 17th century, women did not have the same rights as they do today (Gibb, and King, 109). In general, women had many restrictions. Women were considered to be submissive to men. This belief originated from the bible. According to Genesis, located in the bible, women were made from Adam (New Revised Standard Version Bible, Genesis 2:21–22). Women were considered to be inferior to men. During this time period, people were religious and believed women were fragile due to Eve’s fall. They viewed men as a dominant figure. In Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost: book 9, Milton’s portrayal of Eve was based on how women were perceived during his time. In this essay, I will argue Milton’s anti-feminist views according to modern feminism in today’s …show more content…
According to Milton, Adam and Eve’s tragic downfall deals with ethics morals, and not just physical strength. Milton concludes that he no longer want to continue with the poem. Instead, he asks for divine interference. In general, the fall of mankind is tragic. Milton concludes that it is a part of the Christian principle. Now, as Satan is entering the garden in a form of mist. He analyzes all the animals. He proceeds to mask himself as a serpent. However, Satan hesitates in completing his mission. Satan is astonished by how beautiful God’s creation is. He is overwhelmed by how stunning Eve is. Generally speaking, the serpent is amazed at Eve’s beauty and the creation that is around him. In addition, Satan is jealous that both Adam and Eve get to enjoy a lovely universe, while he is in Hell. Satan believes that Earth is more beautiful than heaven. Throughout this part of the poem, we see that Satan is distressed and filled with agony. However, he still chose to corrupt Eve and fill her head with lies. Immediately, he noticed that Adam and Eve had split ways. Satan thought this was a perfect time to capture his target. He begins by flattering her and brings her to the Tree of Knowledge. This ends with both Eve and Adam taking a bite of the sinful fruit. In addition, they are both overcome with lust and realize that they are …show more content…
Instantly, we see Milton’s describe Eve’s physical exquisiteness. Readers can determine that Eve is inferior to Adam. It is described that Eve came from Adam. In addition, I believe that Eve ate the forbidden fruit, in order to feel in control. In a way, she wanted to feel superior to Adam. We must understand that women were viewed as a burden. Throughout the epic poem, we see that Eve demonstrated independence. When she told Adam to go a different path, “Let us divide our labours, thou where choice/Leads thee, or where most needs, whether to wind” (IX.214-215). Eve is demonstrating that she is assertive and is in control. The need to be independent played a major role in her

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