Essay on Adam and Eve

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Qualities of women were assessed and defined on the subservient and passiveness scale. The character of women is in direct effect of specific attributes like modesty, humility, chastity, temperance, and patience to name a few. These distinctive quality traits provide a description of someone who’s powerless on decisions with compliance at all times. Women from the Renaissance era must docile when speaking, and never speak out of anger or argue, nor must she be clever and witty. The detracted value of women was established long after Adam and Eve sinned together.

The marriage structure in the Renaissance era explicitly exhibits gender roles of husband and wife, and men and women. Marriage was construed as a dominant and authoritative
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Swetnam states, “It also shows that most of them degenerate from the use they were framed unto, by leading a proud, lazy, and idle life, to the great hindrance of their poor husbands” (1545). With women drifting from their birth role originated by God, this creates melancholy within a man's home. He offers no poignant examples of women placing hindrance on their husbands emotionally, physically, and financially.

Swetnam applies his theory concept to biblical passages that offers explanation behind the true existence of women. In chapter one, he mentions Moses description of women and it states, “ He also say that they were made of the rib of man…for a rib is a crooked thing, good for nothing else, and women are crooked by nature, for small occasion will cause them to be angry” (1545). Men are bound to experience ill fate by women because predecessor Eve was crook. Swetnam encourages men to not marry for it brings nothing more than ruins into your life.

He continues with citing biblical sources to convey his theory that women were created crooked and that men should not expect too much from them. In order to convince his male audience that women are crooked it, he begins with citing biblical passages from David and Solomon. One of them stated, “that it was better to be a doorkeeper, and better dwell in a den among lions, than to be in the house with a froward and wicked

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