Eve's Suffering In The Bible

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Throughout the Bible as/in Literature there are many characters who undergo some sort of suffering. A character that specifically sticks out is Eve, the mother of all living things. While Eve is one of the first people to live on the earth, she is also the first to experience great suffering that she will remember, and pay the price for the rest of her life. Eve’s suffering is significant in the following three ways: experiencing great labor in childbearing, desiring her husband, and being permanently banished from the Garden of Eden. Eve learns her lesson, and will not repeat in the future with these punishments.
Eve’s first punishment for eating a fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was great labor in childbearing. The
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The narrator of “The Fall” mentions to the reader that Eve’s own husband is the one who gave her, her name. “The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living beings” (19). The quote shows two important characteristics of the bible: the first being, men were the dominant gender and two they had an unfortunate amount of control. With this being said Eve desiring her husband is a suffering, because he is her master and also in the “The story of Cain and Abel” we learn that Adam, Eve’s husband continues to bring up her sin, and not accept, that he also ate the fruit when he knew he shouldn’t. Having Adam’s constant reminder, Eve is forced to constantly be reminded of her sin. She must obey him, because that is part of …show more content…
He had one more in mind, the worst of them all. Because Eve had broken the one rule the Lord had made, he could no longer trust her in the garden of Eden. The third suffering Eve has to cope with, is being banished from the garden. In the passage the “Forbidden Fruit” after the lord gives punishments to Adam, the Serpent, and Eve, he makes one more that is the same for all. “The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; what if he now reaches out and takes fruit from the tree of life also, and eats it and lives for ever?” (19). After the Lord says this, he decides to banish the three; he does this because he can no longer trust them. Out of all of Eve’s sufferings this is the most important, because after breaking the Lord's trust when he had specifically asked them not to eat from the tree. In the quote the Lord worries that since they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that they will eat from a tree that will make them live forever. The Lord, can no longer trust them enough to take the chance of them not obeying his request.
With all of the different sufferings Eve has to go through; pain while in labor, adoring her husband with his constant reminder of her sin, and no longer being allowed access to The Garden of Eden; they are all important to the passage because they shape Eve into her character. The suffering for Eve must occur, because even though she was manipulated into eating the fruit from

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