Thursday, November 26, 2009

( y h art flutt rs) and tog th r

( y h art flutt rs) and tog th r
w turn th ov n ov r w turn th ov n ov r
tch d upon th ch a upon
th fir pl tch d a paragraph
agr b caus th thought
r und rl s (conc ptually) by und r
v ry word outl


  1. I read the second line as "we turn the over over we turn the oven over"
    golly I hope thats what it is. Were you feeling a bit anti-e? Or is there a different story behind this bad boy?

  2. Adam's response to his own fallen state is to act as if he's not responsible for his own decision to eat the fruit of knowledge. He essentially feels about Eve the way she feels about Satan, the serpent (10.867). She, instead, begins to feel self-loathing for her actions, asking "Why comes not Death[...] Shall Truth fail to keep her word" (10.854-6). Suicide even becomes a possibility to Eve (10. 1000-6), suggesting that she feels far more about her own decisions than Adam does his own. Just as Eve wished to have free will, she accepts her actions as her own and owns up to what she has done; although arguably her little scheme to kill herself is only a means of escaping. More likely is that Eve feels so much for Adam that she can't reconcile what she's done to him, even if she takes full blame. Adam is "the sole contentment of [her] heart" (10.973), her God, and feels remorse because she has disobeyed him. She is the stronger of the two, if only because of immense burden placed on her because she must please both God and Adam.

    As for who’s at fault, it’s very subjective. Despite the alleged “free will” the characters posses, much of the fall seemed predetermined. If God’s son is the “Destined restorer of mankind” (10.646), then isn’t it assumed that he’s going to need to restore mankind from something eventually? Likewise, God suggests that the fall was “Foretold so lately what would come to pass” (10.38), which implies that God knew beforehand that man would fall. So, is God’s inaction not fate? Just because God isn’t “hands on” doesn’t mean we have free will. If God knew it was going to happen, then by not doing anything he predetermined what was going to happen. Man was destined to fall. As such, the fall is no one’s fault. Not even God’s. Milton captures the essence of Genesis in that there is no clear answer. Granted, he gets there by using misogyny and by relying on gender roles, but none the less.