Date of Award
Master of Arts
Milton's character of Eve in Paradise Lost has been interpreted by critics as both the vehicle for Milton's abuse of women, and the example of Milton's favoritism towards them. The great variety of interpretations of the same character seems to be the result of not considering Milton's Eve as a combination of qualities gathered from both the Biblical and literary traditions and influenced by Milton's theological beliefs and his intentions for Paradise Lost. By comparing Milton's Eve with her major predecessors, this thesis will interpret Milton's characterization according to the literary history of the character, and show how Milton's particular changes in the tradition have contributed to his purpose for Paradise Lost.
Wheeler, Charlene Dellinger, "Milton's Eve : a comparison with Eve in the major analogues preceding Paradise Lost" (1974). Master's Theses. 1183.