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The Fall of Man Over the course of time there have been many interpretations of mans fall from grace as told by the Bible Among the literary interpretations are those of John Miltons Paradise Lost and the American poet Louis Untermeyers Eve Speaks John Miltons epic poem deals with the entire story of mans fall from grace including background for Satans motives Louis Untermeyers Eve Speaks was written about Eves thoughts many years after she was forced to leave Eden While both poems are derived from the same biblical root they offer different interpretations of mans fall through Eves motives her attitude toward Adam and her attitude toward her sin In Paradise Lost Eve was tricked by Satan who assumed the form of a serpent into eating from the Tree of Knowledge Satan had whispered into her ear when she was asleep and when he spoke to her later he used his cunning to mislead herHe ended and his words replete with guileInto her heart too easy entrance won Fixed on the fruit she gazed which to beholdMight tempt alone and in her ears the soundYet rung of his persuasive words impregnedWith reason to her seeming and with truthParadise Lost 733-739 Louis Untermeyers interpretation of Eves motives in Eve Speaks were very different intheir implications He suggests that Eve was not tricked by Satan but instead she made aconscious decision to eat the forbidden fruit Eve thought that man was created for morethan living in Paradise She was seeking for a greater world The thought that there wassomething more than joy Beyond perfection greater than singing peace And tranquilhappiness vexed all my hours Eve Speaks 31-34Eve reached these conclusions through the traits that she perceived in Adam He was strongand had a brain designed to dream and mould According to Eve he was designed forfiercer things and lustier worlds Another glaring dissimilarity between the two poems was the in which Eve perceived Adam Miltons Eve
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