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note this paper sucks-I wrote it 1 hour before I had to hand it in Use w cautionIn John Miltons epic poem Paradise Lost the issue of who is to blamefall of man is one that for the most part can be interpreted from areading of book IX Based on the text Eve played a larger role in theto eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and Adamsmore passive in that he simply followed the wishes of Eve Whensorted out later in the story it becomes clear that Adam and Eve wereAfter an extended visit from the angel Raphael at which time heexplained in great detail to Adam the dangers of falling into temptationdisobeying Gods will Adam is faced with a problem The problem is thatwants to split up for the day and Adam knows that this is a bad ideaparticularly after the dream that she has described to him They arguelength but in the end Adam allows Eve to do as she wishes even thoughshe is making a very bad decision Adam also knows that his ability tois inherently stronger than Eves yet in his love for her is so strongconsents to her will This yielding is very similar to Eves yielding toserpents deception because Adam is aware of the probable outcome ofdecision In his final plea for her to remain pious he says to EveO woman best are all things as wellOf God ordained them his creating handOf all he had created much less manOr aught that might his happy state secureSecure with outward force Within himselfThe danger lies yet lies within his powerAgainst his will he can receive no harmBut God left free the will for what obeysReason is free and reason he made rightLest by some by fair appearing good surprisedShe dictate false and misinform the willNot then mistrust but tender love enjoinsThat I should mind thee oft and mind thou meFirm we subsist yet
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