Almost done Paradise Lost! (Professor McNeilly, if you’re reading this, you know it’s long.)(I did finish Oroonoko today though.)
Finishing Book IX, I began wondering if Adam and Eve didn’t eat the fruit…what would the world be like today?
Based on the punishments given in Book X, there are some obvious stuff:
- We wouldn’t have to worry about agriculture or feeding ourselves
- No pain in childbirth
- Snakes wouldn’t move on their bellies (which brings into question how did they move before…)
- We’d be living in a giant garden
- We’d be naked…and be okay with it
- Women wouldn’t be subject to their husbands (so Eve is responsible for gender politics?)
But if you continue on this train of thought…the world becomes a very different place. Since everything is provided, all we’d ever do is garden. We wouldn’t have to worry about how our clothes look or how high the bills are or what are we going to do for the next three hours while we wait for the wi-fi to be fixed.
And of course there’s the big thing. You know, we wouldn’t know the difference between good and evil. Oh wait…
I find the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is a paradox–which is kind of a fallacy in the story of Genesis.
I understand that eating the fruit awakened desire and shame in Adam and Eve. However, if they know it is wrong to eat from the tree and they will be punished for doing so…doesn’t that make them aware of something “evil” whereas anything else is “good”?
Anyways…I want to pose this question: If one event could be done differently, which event would you change, how, and why?
“Ah, why should all mankind/For one man’s fault, be condemned,/If guiltless?” -John Milton, Paradise Lost