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The poem Eve Names the Animals by Susan Donnelly is based upon the relationship of Adam and Eve I think that there are a few possible themes to this poem One possibility is that this poem is about the arbitrary naming of animals in the beginning of time Another possibility is that this poem addresses Adam and Eves differing views that surround change Eve questions the names of animals She sees that animals are named somewhat arbitrarily and sees a need for change in the names of creatures The poem begins by describing a dove but assigns the title lion to the creature Next a lion is described and assigned the title of Dove Eve goes on to say that she believes that man in this case Adam never really knew animals She claims that instead of focusing on the sound of the word or how one feels saying it Adam he lined up words according to size and somewhat arbitrarily assigned names In lines 12 to 14 Eve expresses that Adam assigned a name to her And this name stuck her to him This seems forceful and almost dominating Because it does not seem like Eve had any choice about it or chance to change it I thought the title that Adam assigned to her must have been woman or wife I believe that he did this in order to establish a link between them However the poem said that he did it to comfort Eve because she was not the first It seems like Adam thought being linked to Eve would make her accept a secondary position in the world because Adam was created before Eve Line 15 which says Mornings while he slept I got away is particularly striking This line expresses that Eve wanted to escape Adam she wanted to have distance from him and not always be stuck to him In this stanza Eve goes on to say
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