Analysis Of John Milton 's ' Paradise Lost '

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Milton’s Portrayal of Women in Paradise Lost Paradise Lost is an epic account of the creation and subsequent fall of Adam and Eve. Borrowing from the book of Genesis, Milton chronologically details the events leading up to Satan’s fall, the creation of the universe, the temptation of Adam and Eve, and their ultimate loss of their creator’s favor. Considered to be one of the best literary works of the 17th Century, Paradise Lost gives a vivid account of Adam and Eve’s fall from the Garden of Eden by presenting gender roles and relations in a slightly dissimilar view to the traditional biblical account of the fall of mankind. Milton’s account raises new concerns about Adam and Eve’s fall from glory, and of popular criticism is his portrayal of Eve, the lead character as naïve, submissive, inferior, and a lesser part of Adam. This paper explores various secondary sources as well as literary works used in the module. It is as deconstructive inquiry of Milton’s portrayal of Eve in a bid to critique the author’s interpretation of the traditional biblical account of gender roles and “entrenched misogyny” that portrays women as inferior to their male counterparts. Reading Paradise Lost opens ones eyes to the realization that Eve’s portrayal in the epic is a classic patriarchal idealization of womanhood who has been robbed of her autonomy and identity and relegated to be second to man by being compelled to be obedient, submissive, and inferior. To the female reader, it is quite…
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