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Anne Ferrys Miltons Creation of Eve A significant amount of debate and criticism in the last few decades has focused its attention on Miltons attitude toward women most specifically Eve in Miltons Paradise Lost Is Milton a misogynist or a radical defender of women One seems to think he does a little bit of both on occasion contradicting himself In Anne Ferrys Miltons Creation of Eve she believes that Milton depicts Eve not merely as Adams helpmeet but as an equal companion in Paradise Ferry elaborates on Miltons resisting the perpetuating traditional view of Eve as merely Adams inferior possession Instead on occasion Milton portrays Eve as independent and highly individual Ferry states thatin his presentation of Eve and her marriage to Adam then we have to think about what was dictated by Milton by their story in Genesis and its interpretations in the New Testament how he shaped what he could not change what decisions he made where some choices were allowed him 113 Eve was not only created from Adam but for him according to God in Genesis God even stated It is not good that the man shulde be him selfe alone I will make an helpe meet for him Genesis 218 Ferry then acknowledges the Bible in the second chapter of Genesis stating that since Eve came from a man she will now be called a woman As the saying goes flesh of my flesh blood of my blood From this origin the bonds of holy matrimony were established Lusher 2 Ferry next illustrates the view of women according to Saints Peter and Paul with the preacher John Donne in contrasts to Miltons view Their view is that women are a
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