Imagery of Hands in "Paradise Lost" Analytical Essay by Madame Mimi

Imagery of Hands in "Paradise Lost"
An analysis of Milton's use of imagery in "Paradise Lost"
# 2231 | 4,920 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Oct 11, 2001 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper analyzes the metaphors of fruit and fruitfulness, taste, hunger, knowledge, and all-inclusive Nature, to demonstrate how Milton joins these metaphors in order to amplify his theme of how Adam and Eve are as joined in sharing their fate as they were in tasting the fruits of experience both before and after the fall. The paper shows how while blending this imagery, Milton expands his metaphors to include all of Nature with Human Nature at its core and to assert that the relationship of Adam and Eve is central not only to their own fate, but also to the very survival of humanity.

From the Paper:

"If God had created only Adam, humanity wouldn't have amounted to much. As one critic writes of Paradise Lost, in a book called One Flesh, it is a given that " humanity only exists in the relation of man to woman and woman to man." (Turner, in Norton, 658) Without Eve there would have been no fruitfulness. Adam and Eve go hand in hand in Paradise and out. Fruitfulness and Adam and Eve go hand in hand. Eve receives the apple from the hand of Satan, tastes that juicy knowledge, and instantly wants to share it with her one and only love. She doesn't have to stuff it into his mouth. He eagerly reaches out his hand to receive and share the forbidden fruit. They are first and last a couple with a shared fate and that fate all revolves deeply involves the metaphors of hands and tasting the fruits of experience."

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