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Literary Criticism

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A contradiction exists in John Milton’s Paradise Lost of Eve being simultaneously demeaned and esteemed. My paper focuses on these contradictions and explores the way in which Eve transcends the demeaned by analyzing the role of the female gender throughout the poem, epitomized by both Eve and female-gendered nonhuman entities: the Earth, the Garden of Eden, Reason, and Sin. This paper also delves into scenes of the poem that may at first seem oppressive for Eve, but that are actually complementary to the role of Eve and the female gender. This analysis serves to then uphold Eve as a representation of the powerful female gender that moves and creates throughout the poem, opposite from some of today’s critical theories with Eve being representative of an oppressive patriarchy.

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B192 JFSB

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20-3-2015 1:45 PM

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20-3-2015 3:00 PM

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Eve Transcending Demeaned: The Construct of Female Gender in Paradise Lost

B192 JFSB

A contradiction exists in John Milton’s Paradise Lost of Eve being simultaneously demeaned and esteemed. My paper focuses on these contradictions and explores the way in which Eve transcends the demeaned by analyzing the role of the female gender throughout the poem, epitomized by both Eve and female-gendered nonhuman entities: the Earth, the Garden of Eden, Reason, and Sin. This paper also delves into scenes of the poem that may at first seem oppressive for Eve, but that are actually complementary to the role of Eve and the female gender. This analysis serves to then uphold Eve as a representation of the powerful female gender that moves and creates throughout the poem, opposite from some of today’s critical theories with Eve being representative of an oppressive patriarchy.