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Adam's Relationship With Eve In "Paradise Lost"

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Adam finds a permanent visitor in his life. She, unlike him, is portrayed weaker in a physical sense but is more beautiful on the outside. She doesn't sit in on all the meetings he has with the angels, so she is not as informed as he is but she will ultimately play a role in both their downfalls from grace. This event will unite them even more in the end but will eventually, according to the bible and Milton, suffer the consequences of disobedience. They are in the center between what happens in Heaven and Hell. The relationship Adam has with Eve goes from having a pleasure mate for him before they sinned to being accomplices of sinning against God and developing a closer bond after they leave Eden. (Hughes 308-397).In Hell, Satan and his followers have awoken to find themselves out of Heaven. Moloch, who advocates strongly war against God, Mammon, who suggests that the devils make the best of their situations, and Beelzebub, Satan's chief lieutenant and chief supporter, gather the fallen angels to form a place of their own, Pandemonium. In this place they set up a Council in the Hell made up of five demons that will plot and scheme against God, Heaven, Adam, and Eve. The daughter of Satan, Sin and the son of Satan, Death, will watch and in due course, Jesus will transform into a man to overcome them both (211-216).As part of the plot to destroy the paradise God has made for made, Satan will whisper in Eve's ear to ignite Eve's dream that foretells of what will happen to her and Adam. She tells Adam of her dream and both are disturbed by this. At mist this warning, Satan still manages to plot successfully in the Seduction of Eve by convincing her to eat an apple from the forbidden tree of knowledge. Satan is able to get into the body of a snake. He goes to her and is very, very subtle when he approaches her. Satan tells Eve that she is beautiful. He tells her that she can get become grander by eating the apple and becoming as knowledgeable as God; however doesn't seem to care about that, she is surprised that a creature can talk. Satan tells her that he just ate this piece of fruit from a tree. He leads her to this tree upon her requests. Since it is time to eat and she is hungry, even though she acknowledges the fact that she can't eat from this tree, she does anyway. Her hunger, a representation of human nature, over powers her will to refuse the apple. Once she does this, Eve indirectly helps Satan. She is the bait in the Seduction of Adam to get him to do the same as she has done. Although Eve knows the difference between right and wrong, by having eaten the apple from the tree of knowledge, the actual knowledge she obtains is the feeling and acknowledgment of sin. She wants to include Adam in the same situation. Perhaps out of not being alone in the problem. She is able to convince Adam to go along and eat the apple. Adam eats from the apple making her think that it is because of the love he has for her. She cannot be replaced; nevertheless,...

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