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In John Miltons epic poem Paradise Lost the issue of who is to blame for the fall of man is one that for the most part can be interpreted from a close reading of book IX Based on the text Eve made the main decision to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil Adam was more passive in that he simply followed the wishes of Eve and everything he did was out of love for her Once everything is sorted out later in the story it becomes clear that Adam and Eve were equally at fault for their fall and exile from the Garden of Eden After a long visit from the angel Raphael in which he made detailed explanation to Adam the dangers of falling into temptation and disobeying Gods will Adam has a large problem the next morning Adams problem is that Eve wants to split up for the day and Adam knows that they should not especially after she has had the dream that she has told him about They argue for a very long time but in the end Adam allows Eve to do as she wishes even though he knows she is making a poor choice Adam knows that his ability to reason and think is inherently stronger than Eves yet in his love for her is so strong that he concedes to her firm will This is very similar to Eves yielding to the serpents deception because like Adam Eve is aware of how this is likely to turn out in the end In Adams final request for her to remain devoted he says to Eve O woman best are all things as well Of God ordained them his creating hand Nothing imperfect of deficient left Of all he had created much less man Or aught that might his happy state secure Secure with outward force Within himself The danger lies yet lies within
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