Paradise Lost Book 9: Line 1119-1131 - Summary

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      The life of Adam and Eve in Paradise, is described by Milton as being one of innocent sexuality, until with their Fall, they become guiltily ashamed of their nakedness and try to cover themselves with fig leaves.

      However, the covering of their nakedness does not bring them any rest or peace of mind. Agitated and unhappy, they sat down and wept.

      But along with sorrow and shame, the Fall also makes them experience ugly passions that shook their minds like stormy winds. Adam and Eve the first parents of mankind are now subject to anger, hatred, mistrust, suspicion and discord, which makes them indulge in mutual accusations. Adam who had voluntarily eaten the fruit because he did not want to be separated from Eve, now accuses her of being the cause of his Fall. She in turn blames him for failing in his duty by allowing her to work separately from him. Thus, ugly passions and lustful notions now replace reason and sweet will in Adam and Eve. Neither of them is prepared to take the blame, and it is on this note of mutual strife that Book IX of Paradise Lost concludes.

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