Exploring the Nature and Effects of Original Sin
When Man took the fruit of the Forbidden Tree, we lost that close relationship with God and Adam and Eve were casted and banned from the Garden of Eden. This story is perhaps the strongest example of a huge turning point in human history since it is because of their Original Sin the descendants of Adam and Eve are greatly affected. In this paper I will argue that woman’s punishment “…yet your desire shall be for you husband, and he shall rule over you.” (Gen. 3:16) applying it to the treatment of women using examples from Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, God invited man to be in communion with him to share the immense love that he has but, some may believe that the covenant between Himself and man was completely lost after the sin of Adam and Eve:
After the fall, [God] buoyed them up with the hope of salvation by promising redemption; and he has never ceased to show his solicitude for the human race. For he wishes to give eternal life to all those who seek salvation by patience in well-doing.
Even if it may seem that all hope was lost and the fear of death is lurking behind the corner, God promises them that they are going to be saved and redeemed. Although it is good that all mankind is promised redemption, the punishments that God brought upon Adam and Eve has affected the rest of man and continues to have its affects today.
The example in which reveals how God punishes Eve and how it affected women can be seen in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. Throughout history, women have been subordinate to men. Women have always been under man’s rule always serving him and having little to no right or say in anything. This is clearly seen in The Awakening. Edna Pontieller, the main character, is married to Leonce Pontieller and has two boys. She is expected to keep the house and serve the husband but then, wanting to feel free and be her true self, she goes against being the tradition of being the submissive wife:
Mr. Pontellier had been a rather courteous husband so long as he met a certain tacit submissiveness in his wife. But her new and unexpected line of conduct completely bewildered him. It shocked him. Then her absolute disregard for her duties as a wife angered him. When Mr. Pontellier became rude, Edna grew insolent. She has resolved never to take another step backward.
It was expected of all women of that era to be as what Virginia Wolfe once called “The Angel of the House” meaning that the women took care of the household chores, the kids, and serving her husband putting them before her own needs. It is clearly seen through this example how Eve’s punishment affected women. Chopin’s book itself was written in the 1890s, a time in which stories of women...