The Fantasy Of The Garden Of Eden : The Erotic Nature Of Man

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Name: Jenna Bachew Prof: Kristin Rajan Class: World Literature Date: December 5, 2014 The Serpent in the Garden of Eden: The Erotic Nature of Man The book of Genesis chronicles the process of Creation and highlights the story of the first man and woman who lived in God 's paradise or the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were both innocent and carefree people until the serpent tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Many scholars interpreted this scene as the fall of man and believed that the serpent was symbolic of Satan. Kimelman Reuven suggests that, "by identifying the serpent with Satan and Satan with the evil impulse, the struggle is interjected into the interior life of Eve." He points out that the serpent is a temptation that ignites the evil nature of Eve so that even if she has prior knowledge that eating the forbidden fruit is a wrong, she still goes ahead and eats it. Though Reuven 's interpretation seems attractive and is supported by the majority of the Christian teachings, I believe that the serpent symbolizes a more specific and deeper meaning concerning humans and their existence in the world. I disagree in this instance that Satan is using the form of a serpent to deceive Eve and triumph over God. I disagree because if we take the serpent as a symbol of the devil in this particular story, such interpretation would not have justified God 's decision to put the serpent in the garden together with his beloved human creations. Given

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