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The book of Genesis portrays the story of The Fall in simple terms Adam is created Gen 126-27 Gen 27 Adam is told not to eat from the tree of knowledge Gen 217 Eve is created for Adam Gen 127 Gen 222 the serpent tempts the pair to eat from the tree of knowledge Gen 31-6 Eve eats from the tree and gives some to Adam Gen 36 both are punished and cast from paradise for their disobedience Gen 316-24 Eve is blamed original sin Gen 31217 Genesis gives neither character depth nor individuality Adam is merely the first man and Eve is his companion neither is strong nor weak and neither is good nor bad Despite this Genesis picture of The Fall clearly lays blame on the corruptible and sinful Eve alone and allows for Adam and in time the rest of mankind Gen 317 to blame her as well In her poem Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum Aemilia Lanyer takes this basic story and amends both the characters as well as the conclusion Lanyer takes the blame from Eve and places it on Adam To facilitate this development Lanyer recharacterizes Eve as the foolish and weak attendant and Adam as the clever and influential leader Lanyer uses two methods to excuse Eve from blame her desire for knowledge and her prevailing weakness She gives Eve a want for the knowledge from the tree As Lanyer points out in line 797 If Eve did erre it was for knowledge sake Lanyer in Woods 797 Eves error intended no wickedness only a want to grow This trait is like her weak tendencies not an effective apology It is an uninspired attempt to contrast her with the unenlightened Adam Lanyer does not give Eve any strength in her argument and in fact identifies her as ignorant in her want Lanyer in Woods 769 This feeble appreciation for wisdom only adds to Lanyers other recharacterization of Eve as
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