Paradise Lost Cause And Effect

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Free will and the ability to make choices will result in consequences. In the passage from “Book IX” of Paradise Lost, John Milton indirectly conveys the “cause and effect” concept, initially stemming from Eve’s decision to eat the Forbidden Fruit, resulting in her fall from grace and into humanity. Milton ultimately focuses on describing Eve and her transformation of character after her sin in order to emphasize her fall from purity and portray the significance of her disobedience. The excerpt from Paradise Lost begins with the most evident description of Eve’s situation, with Milton describing Earth and its reaction to Adam and Eve’s fall from grace. He portrays Earth as having “felt the wound” of Eve’s unforgivable sin and giving “signs of woe that all was lost.” Eve’s disobedience is so deep and impactful that Earth itself was able to feel and react to its influence. In personifying nature, Milton ultimately highlights the demoralizing notion that Eve has completely lost her former virtues of purity and grace. Nature reacts to Eve’s sin by “sighing” in order to portray its…show more content…
After Eve tastes the Forbidden Fruit, she begins to address and praise it as “sovran, virtuous, [and] precious of all trees” and further conveys how she will sing to it with “due praise.” This shift in character is extremely significant because it demonstrates her shift from praising God and all his wonders to foolishly praising the fruit and its allowance of her ability to “grow mature” and no longer “kept in ignorance.” She credits the fruit as having given her wisdom and knowledge of what she was ignorant about before. Eve’s transformation and fall from grace after eating the Forbidden Fruit is easily recognizable, as now she has shifted from adoring God and following his orders to being consumed with admiration and adornment for the
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