Friday, March 19, 2010
Forshadowing the Fall
Milton foreshadows what is going to happen in Book Nine earlier in Paradise Lost. When Eve is brought before Adam after being told that she was made for him, she turns away, not in sin, but just seeking to be won, he then pursues and follows her allowing her to take the lead. It is also hinted at in book nine as Eve persuades Adam into splitting up in order to get more work done. In these instances Adam’s willingness to follow for love’s sake is shown. Milton is trying to show why Adam fell, for he knew what had gone on before and also knew that Satan was going to attempt to make him and Eve disobey God. After Eve sins, Adam disobeys God and follows Eve into sin for the sake of love once again.