John Milton 's Paradise Lost

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When rulers and godly, superiors features in literature, they often spotlight the roles of genders. In Paradise Lost (1667), author John Milton reveals man’s first disobedience and analyze the fall from the Garden of Eden. He examines the character Eve’s as she unfolds as an independent woman that seeks knowledge and authority, but transforms into a dependent woman in a male dominant surrounding. In contrast, Valmiki’s Ramanya (550 BCE) is a Hindu, heroic epic that focus on the story of Lord Visnu’s seventh incarnation, as he embodies himself as the prince Rama, and battles with the demonic king. However, Ramanya highlights the lives of the female characters as some as seen as selfless or abused. With a critical eye, one can compare and contrast John Milton’s Paradise Lost, emphasizing Eve’s progression to submission, and the victimized female characters in Valmiki’s Ramanya, and how both text centers in a patriarchal culture that demotes the roles and self esteem of women. Eve’s character in Paradise Lost is seen as a more complexed and elaborate person than the biblical Eve. In the book of Genesis, Eve is defined as the wife of Adam, that was created from his rib, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken from man,” (Gen 2.23). In Milton’s Paradise Lost, Eve is seen as more than a growing individual that desires the fruit of knowledge, falls short of temptation, and is punished for her actions. She is a woman who is

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