Before I start, it’s important to mention that this title has nothing to do with the actual post. It just sounded provocative and cool so I guess deal with it maybe?
Anyway, there was a brief discussion from yesterday’s padlet about how Adam linked with Eve before he bit into the same Forbidden Fruit that she did. Liv, Griffin, and Lauren’s group picked a quote that especially piqued my interest:
Should God create another Eve, and IParadise Lost; book 9, lines 911-916
Another Rib afford, yet loss of thee
Would never from my heart; no no, I feel
The Link of Nature draw me: Flesh of Flesh,
Bone of my Bone thou art, and from thy State
Mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe.
I think what interests me about this is how strange this makes their intense love for each other. It seems Milton took the “born from Adam’s rib” imagery literally for his rendition of the story, so it feels weird that the still see each other as lovers instead of twins. The whole thing feels very incestual.
But on top of that, there’s also a sense that they don’t really care about that because they are also born from the image of God, so they’re already perfect and who cares:
Nor can I think that God, Creator wise,lines 938-940
Though threatning, will in earnest so destroy
Us his prime Creatures, dignifi’d so high,
Adam, the speaker here, sees both himself and Eve as untouchable creations made to be ascendant above other creatures of God, and possibly other men/women. Not even God can’t hurt them because they are their precious little babies. So I think this along with the incest-like relationship makes for a pretty toxic one overall. Like part of me was glad that both of them were kind of screwed over by the end. Not for mankind’s sake, obviously, but mainly just for them.