This week’s readings were fairly easy to get through. I liked “Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women” because even though it’s associated with religion, it was something we haven’t done before. Lanyer puts the blame on men because she says that if men are supposed to be stronger than women, then Adam should have been able to resist temptation. Therefore, Adam eating the apple is inexcusable. The main argument here was that men are at fault because it should have been expected that a woman would succumb to the power of temptation. This was her way of speaking against the idea that men are stronger and superior to women.
Milton’s theme for Paradise Lost Book was man’s disobedience to God’s will. The serpent tempts Eve into eating the apple by taking the form of a snake and talking to Eve. He tells Eve that God wants her to eat from the forbidden fruit in order to gain knowledge. So she does and then Adam ends up following her and eating the fruit as well.