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Paradise Lost Books IX and X "Discuss the development of the characters of Adam and Eve and their relationship" The major theme of 'Paradise Lost' is the development of the relationship between Adam and Eve

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Paradise Lost Books IX and X

"Discuss the development of the characters of Adam and Eve and their relationship"

The major theme of 'Paradise Lost' is the development of the relationship between Adam and Eve. Throughout the poem we are asked to draw conclusions on the many different events that we come across as well as the reactions that we see from the two major characters. Indeed, the only real clear-cut thing that we see from Adam and Eve is their unreliability with each other. Milton's presentation of Adam and Eve in "Paradise Lost" book IX changes as a transition occurs throughout the different stages of the 'fall of man'. The prelapsarian innocence and postlapsarian guilt and sin of Adam and Eve are presented and separate characterisations start to emerge.

The description that Milton uses to describe the Garden at the start of the poem is very beautiful. In turn, we see the same sort of idyllic scene with Adam and Eve, side by side working together; "With grateful smell, forth came the human pair and joined their vocal worship to the choir". Milton's language here creates a very calm and picturesque portrayal of the

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