Adam, Eve and Free Will Essay

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In Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost God gave free will to the angels and because of that Satan chose to lead a rebellion against his supreme commander. Does it not stand to reason that having given one of his greatest creations free will that he would then give that same free will to his next greatest creation Adam and Eve. Through out Paradise Lost Milton alludes to the fact that Adam and Eve had free will before that fateful bite was taken from the apple. Milton’s first line in book one “Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit of the forbidden tree, whose mortal taste brought death into the world,” [Book 1 (1-3)] proclaims this was the first choice that was made by Eve and Adam. I think that Adam and Eve according to Milton were exercising free will before that. I will show with textural support from the different books of Milton’s Paradise Lost that they had both reason and free will. Already in Book 2 Milton is making the reader begin to question whether Adam and Eve have the ability to make choices. God is talking to his only son about Satan’s journey to the garden and of how Satan will pervert man. God say’s, “for man will hearken to his glozing lies and easily transgress the sole command,” [Book 3 (93-94)] Milton is saying here that Adam and Eve will make a choice to listen to Satan and the choice will be made easily. On Satan travels seeing all manner of beast until finally in Book 4 he enters the garden of Eden and comes across “Two of nobler shape erect and tall,” [Book 4 (288)] these two who were made in the image of their maker with “Truth, wisdom, sanctitude severe and pure, severe but in true filial freedom placed; [Book 4 (293-294)] this literally means that Adam and Eve were created in God’s image but were given the freedom that one gives a child. This again shows that God gave them free will and the ability to choose, children don’t always
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