Week 16: Sins’ Genesis

The texts from this week had religious elements and references which the authors used to change and manipulate the orthodox view society holds towards them. For example, in Amelia Lanyer’s Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women,” she manipulates the narrative so that Eve is not only seen as the guilty party, but her husband as well, saying “Adam cannot be excused” (line 33), since he was built to be perfect. In doing so, it shifts the blame society has towards women by focusing on the ‘fact’ that Adam, a man, was made perfect, yet he failed in subduing the imperfect behavior of his wife.

The common theme these texts seem to have is the history of sin and how it came to have a universal affect on all beings. However, one thought which really confounds me, is that why is it nobody blames God for anything. In the text it was mentioned that everything that happens is according to God’s plan. If that is the case, then instead of blaming Eve, Adam, Satan (serpent) etc. why not blame the one being who was aware of everything from the start. If you analyze the text with that idea, any discourse involving the history of sin and who is to blame would change considerably.

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