The Invisible Wom Eve's Self Image In Paradise Lost

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This chapter is mainly focuses on responding to John Milton's paradise lost. Milton's depiction of Eve reflects his misogynistic attitude toward women. Adam is a powerful, rational, and curious persona. Eve is is defined in terms of her subordination, inferiority, inequality to Adam. Both eve and the animals are subject to Adam's reign and control. Jonathan Whitfield, in her article " The Invisible Woman: Eve’s Self Image in Paradise Lost", maintains that:
Through the eyes of the epic poem’s only major female character, the problem of image makes itself known. How she comes to interpret herself and the world around her is centered on a male-dominated ideology, brought to life by a male—a dominant literary male—in a field of male-dominated
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(The Madwoman in the Attic 193) In his poem, Milton defines Eve in terms of her physical beauty which Adam appreciates and accepts to eat the forbidden fruit to live forever with Eve after the fall till redemption (Milton IX 908-916). Created from Adam's rib, Eve is described as "Manlike, but different sex, so lovely faire" (Milton VIII: 470); she stirs for Adam “amorous delight” (Milton VIII: 476); and her “Ornaments, in outward shew/Elaborate, of inward less intact” (Milton VIII: 539-40) It is worthy to note that language used by Milton to describe Eve, portraying her as unequal spiritual and intellectual companion to Adam. Furthermore, the creation of Eve's from Adam's rib who is created in "God's image" intensifies the social and gendered hierarchy where God at the top, Adam in the middle, and finally Eve at the bottom. In Milton's poem, eve calls Adam, “My Author and Disposer, what thou bidst/Unargu’d I obey; so God ordains, /God is thy Law, thou mine ...” (Milton IV:

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