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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 Eden? 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 immorality. • From Satanʼs point of view in book four, his notices that Eve is secondary to Adam, and she has no direct acc
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