In the poem Eve doesn’t feel that the animals were named correctly and in her dire need for change she took it upon herself to change the animals’ names, at least in her own mind. It was odd reading the poem the first time because I wasn’t use to the descriptions of the animals in Eve’s eyes. “To me, lion was sun on a wing over the garden. Dove, a burrowing, blind creature” (Donnelly line 1-3). Lions to the general public are known as being a ferocious beast and not winged animals, which is how doves are described. Eve had reversed the roles that Adam had given them.
I thought it was all and only about the changing of the names that Adam had given them. However, as I kept reading, I got a different message from the poem especially after I got to line 12. “The name he gave me stuck me to him.” (Donnelly lines 12-14). Which came across as him being dominating and forceful which, to me, showed a form of oppression. I believe Donnelly is showing this by not referring to him as Adam but as man. It’s about more than just Adam because it’s about man in a general sense, and they believe woman cannot hold their own thoughts and that meant that man had to make decisions for woman.
Which, in the Bible, that’s exactly how it seemed things were supposed to be. Oppression has been around since Adam and Eve. I feel that way because in the Bible after Eve had sinned from eating a fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, and got Adam to eat as well. God realized what had occurred, so He gave man the power over woman. “…in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (King James Bible Genesis 16). The quote brought in the thought that man was over woman and had the right to make woman do as he pleased.
Susan Donnelly, I feel, want to reflect that women have thoughts of their own. She did so by showing Eve wanting to change the arbitrary names that Adam had chosen for the animals. It had shown that Adam and Eve, or man and woman, had differing views from one another. In one particular line Eve mentioned that while Adam slept in the morning, she got away (Donnelly, lines 15 & 16). This seemed to me that she wanted to escape him and spend time alone with the animals that she wanted to rename.
The oppression reference makes better since if the year of the poem written is mentioned, so with that in mind the year the poem was written was in 1985, and that was the beginning of the third feminist movement. The first...