Questions Milton

The Events in this portion of paradise lost is odd. It almost seems like Milton is trying to excuse the original sin by saying the first 2 were coerced and made to do the sin. I thought it odd that he would mention Satan being in awe of the two and being affirmed to mess with them.

thence gathers that the Tree of knowledge was forbidden them to eat of, under penalty of death; and thereon intends to found his Temptation, by seducing them to transgress: then leaves them a while, to know further of thir state by some other means.

Paradise Lost, Milton, Summary, https://milton.host.dartmouth.edu/reading_room/pl/book_4/text.shtml

What I’m finding interesting for a person writing on religious text. Eve is seen as the great betrayer in the story of Eden it’s always her fault but in paradise lost Eve is very clearly coerced.

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