Women Can do the Same Job as Men in Susan Donnelly’s Poem, Eve Names the Animals

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Susan Donnelly’s “Eve Names the Animals”, is a short poem written to try to show the independence and importance of Eve which is not shown in the biblical story in Genesis. She uses this as her platform to show that women are able to do the same jobs as men, and that even one of the most important jobs, naming the animals, could be done by a woman. Eve feels as though Adam went about naming animals carelessly, and only named them based on appearance. It is a story of attempted separation and self identity, things that many people will struggle with in their lives. The story of Adam and Eve is used to help people better understand Donnelly’s views on women’s rights and abilities. The main theme, to me, is Eve’s attempt to separate herself …show more content…
Susan Donnelly’s “Eve Names the Animals”, is a short poem written to try to show the independence and importance of Eve which is not shown in the biblical story in Genesis. She uses this as her platform to show that women are able to do the same jobs as men, and that even one of the most important jobs, naming the animals, could be done by a woman. Eve feels as though Adam went about naming animals carelessly, and only named them based on appearance. It is a story of attempted separation and self identity, things that many people will struggle with in their lives. The story of Adam and Eve is used to help people better understand Donnelly’s views on women’s rights and abilities. The main theme, to me, is Eve’s attempt to separate herself from Adam. She states in lines 12-14 that, “The name he gave me stuck me to him. He did it to comfort me, for not being first.” This basically says that she will always be associated with him, because he named her along with the other animals, which made her seem less important. I feel that although she was named by Adam, God gave her the same abilities as a man, and she had every right to use them. God created man and woman equal, and I do believe that everyone should have equal rights to do as they please without limitations or restrictions. The author shows Eve as a very detail oriented and caring person. She takes to the animals, and even at one point says that, “Poor finch...not wanting either of us to be ever alone.” I feel that she