ENG202: Paradise Lost Book IX-XII▯ 26/11/2012
• Quiz - Passage identiﬁcation and deﬁning speciﬁc terms. Open-book quiz.
• “She plucked, she ate”: Eve and the Fall
•Eve as Subordinated Object (of Male Desire)
• Finding the ﬁt language the problem of Satan, and the problem of god are some
problems in Paradise Lost. The question of Eveʼs role and status, and gender
hierarchy in Eden come into light. Gneiss is a prove of woman being subordinated
to man. Feminist criticism showed the way in which Eve being projected is an
object of maleʼs sexual desire and subordinated object. Eve is subservience to
Adam and god, and she is created speciﬁcally for Adam. Eve is created after
Adam so she is secondary to god. How does Eveʼs role contribute to her Fall from
Milton gives reader account of Eveʼs creation before Adamʼs in book IV. Eve is
warned by god about turning away from Adam. God wants her to return to normal
love rather than narcissistic love (looking at his image above the water). Eveʼs is
created in Adamʼs image. At the point of Eveʼs awakening, she is led by god to
Adam. He as an image of god, he is a representation of masculinity as well. Eve
looks at Adamʼs image above the water. It is a kind of rejection. That ultimately
leads to being tempted by Satan because Eve rejects the image of Adam. Eve is
seized by Adam and gives in herself to him. She is compelled to go with him. The
initial rejection dissolves because Eve surrenders herself to Adamʼs masculinity.
Eve pretty much ties her self-image to Adam.
• Eveʼs deny of sense of self is the main focus in recent study of the book. Eve
does not learn about herself; she turns to the water and look at a fair image of
herself; then she yield herself to Adam. Eveʼs submission to Adam is a
conﬁrmation to voluntary participation of heterosexual love. Eve agrees to gender
structure in Eden as well. Rather than subject, Eve is treated as an object.
• Eve initially claims that her own image on the water is more likable to her. Adam
explains her turning away from him as virgin modesty and innocence. Some
feminist critics revise and reinterpret Eveʼs turning away. Adamʼs interpretation of
Eveʼs initial turning away constructs her identity. What makes Eve an object is her
surrender to authority and being secondary.
•Satanʼs Temptation of Eve
• Satan convinces Eve to eat the apple on the tree. Why is Eve being tempted by
Satan so easily? Eveʼs hair indicates her sexual capability and her promiscuity.
Her hair as disheveled (adj., disorder; unconstrained); wanton (adj., rebellious;
unchaste; capricious; changeable); loose (adj., unbound; lax; unchaste; wanton);
and discomposed (adj., disordered). The condition of Eveʼs hair indicates her
• From Satanʼs point of view in book four, his notices that Eve is secondary to
Adam, and she has no direct acc