Milton, Feminism, Feminist, Eve, Dalila, Samson Agonistes, Paradise Lost
After the Bible, the most popular source for the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden would have to be Milton's Paradise Lost. The popularity of this classic epic has brought forth countless interpretations of the story as it was freshly illustrated with the fictional freedom that Milton took. It is likely---and widely believed---that Milton's own views on marriage and women have found their way into his writing, not only with Paradise Lost but with the tragedy Samson Agonistes as well. This paper will point out the effect this lens had on Milton's interpretation of his two female characters, Eve and Dalila, and compare and contrast the feminist and non-feminist (and sometimes anti-feminist and misogynist) interpretations that can be taken from the two works.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Thorley, Carmen, "Feminist and Non-Feminist Views on Milton's Interpretations of Paradise Lost and Samson Agonistes: Comparing the Female Characters, Eve and Dalila" (2013). Student Works. 112.
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