Satan has made it his purpose in life to seek revenge on God for banishing him from heaven. The excerpt of The Temptation of Eve when Satan speaks to Eve is evidence of this. Throughout these lines Satan tricks Eve into disobeying God, tries to turn Eve against God, and attempts to show Eve that knowing good and evil will make her more like God.
The Tree of Knowledge is a very powerful tree that God has created. Lines 243-247 explain how God made this tree so powerful that it not only can’t be eating off of, but touched either. Satan lures Eve into eating the fruit from the tree by telling her that he has eaten the fruit once before and it made him have the ability to talk and think. So she is thinking at this point that if she eats from the tree as well maybe she will gain more knowledge just like the serpent did. Eve is unaware of the difference between right and wrong so she begins to believe Satan, but still questions him about God. Also Eve doesn’t realize that the serpent is really Satan so she slowly becomes more curious to what he has to say. Since Satan is seeking revenge on God, he is trying to destroying his most perfect creation which is Adam and Eve.
At this point Satan is trying to persuade Eve that she won’t die from eating the fruit of the tree. In the story Satan claims he has already eaten the fruit of this tree and when he did eat it, he supposedly gained the ability to think and talk. He also brings up a point to her that none of the other animals can think and talk and they didn’t eat from the tree, but he did, so that draws her in more into believing his lies. Satan says in line 270 from the reading that you can’t die from the tree because it gives you life. Which he is referring to when he ate of the fruit and it gave him more knowledge. So now Eve is beginning to lean more toward what Satan has to say because she thinks, well if he ate the fruit and now thinks and talks, then I wonder what I will gain from eating the fruit. Eve is taken in by Satan’s false assumptions because she is ignorant of common sense and doesn’t realize that she is being hoodwinked. She hasn’t developed the knowledge of good and evil yet so she has no clue that her and Adam’s lives are in danger within her grasp.
In line 271, Satan refers God as a “threatener”. He is trying to trick Eve into thinking that God has no power over anyone else and that she could be just as good as God. He is trying to convince her that God is no more powerful than any other creature. Once again she doesn’t have enough knowledge to know what evil is so she is slipping into what he is throwing at her. Some techniques that he uses on her are kindness by saying sweet things to her and staying calm with her, he gives her compliments and calls her a goddess. Eve is falling for his trickery because he is pretending to be a gentleman and because she is a gullible and vulnerable girl. She is gullible because she is so innocent toward bad and evil, that anything anyone tells her she believes. She doesn’t even know evil exists or what it is because God didn’t put it into the world and by her being defenseless with no help, Satan can easily get into her mind. Adam is a big part in Eve’s life and since he isn’t there when Satan shows up, she is helpless and exposed for Satan’s evil plan to come into action. Maybe if Adam was with Eve at the time of Satan’s arrival, Satan probably wouldn’t of tried tricking Eve because she had Adam there to protect her.
Satan is trying to peruse Eve that he has eaten from this tree and when he did he gained knowledge and the ability to speak. He claims that life is more perfect now that he has eaten from this tree and that he has touched and tasted from the tree and lived. In lines 272-276, he explained how fate has given him a better chance to live now that he has eaten off this tree. Also he explains to Eve in those lines that God has must of put that tree there for a reason because when he ate from it nothing...
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