Susan Donnelly’s “Eve Names the Animals”, is a short poem written to try to show the independence and importance of Eve which is not shown in the biblical story in Genesis. She uses this as her platform to show that women are able to do the same jobs as men, and that even one of the most important jobs, naming the animals, could be done by a woman. Eve feels as though Adam went about naming animals carelessly, and only named them based on appearance. It is a story of attempted separation and self identity, things that many people will struggle with in their lives. The story of Adam and Eve is used to help people better understand Donnelly’s views on women’s rights and abilities.
The main theme, to me, is Eve’s attempt to separate herself from Adam. She states in lines 12-14 that, “The name he gave me stuck me to him. He did it to comfort me, for not being first.” This basically says that she will always be associated with him, because he named her along with the other animals, which made her seem less important. I feel that although she was named by Adam, God gave her the same abilities as a man, and she had every right to use them. God created man and woman equal, and I do believe that everyone should have equal rights to do as they please without limitations or restrictions.
The author shows Eve as a very detail oriented and caring person. She takes to the animals, and even at one point says that, “Poor finch...not wanting either of us to be ever alone.” I feel that she is trying to make her a sympathetic character that is alone in this world. To me, she puts herself in this spot by secluding herself instead of trying to work with Adam. All that she had to do was tell Adam that she was going to get more involved, and I think he would have been open to that. As a man, we appreciate help and will always accept it if someone is willing. She may have looked at Adam as being stubborn and unapproachable, which may have kept her from ever becoming more than an animal’s equal.
Even today, men are seen as a superior being, and women are still held back to a certain extent. While many of the obstacles women faced have been broken down, the one that the author uses as the base for this poem, is still somewhat prevalent today. I think that if a woman has the same education and experience as a man, she should be treated with the...