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Adam Is Not Alone

Posted by C Moon on December 4, 2007

Currently, my AP Literature class covers John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. In order to heighten understanding of the text, we were told to form pairs and produce movies recounting assigned parts of the text. The part describing Adam’s Creation and Loneliness was assigned to my partner and me.

We devoted some time to the search for photos to be included in the movie. But unlike Eve, Adam rarely appears alone in photos and drawings. Mostly either Adam and Eve appear together or Eve alone appears. Eventually, we could find only three decent Adam solo-pictures. Why does Adam rarely appear alone in the picture while Eve does? As many say, is Adam not as much interesting as Eve?

In Paradise Lost, when God creates creatures, He creates everything in pairs. But in making human, He creates Adam alone. Adam is given the right to name all other animals and knowledge to comprehend their nature. I would say that Adam is created as the vice-God of the Paradise. Unlike God, however, Adam feels loneliness. He cries out, “Who can enjoy alone, / Or all enjoying, what contentment find?” He asks God to create someone to “partake.”

Adam rarely appears in solo-pictures because of his wish to be with someone else. Maybe it was from the time of Adam that we humans started to need someone else to rely on and help.

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Photo Credits: “Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden” by jlinczak on Flickr

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One Response to “Adam Is Not Alone”

  1. […] Catherine brought up an interesting assumption that “maybe it was from the time of Adam that we humans started to need someone else to rely on and help,” because she deduced that Adam, unlike God, feels loneliness and therefore needs Eve by his side. Then were we meant to rely on others? Is it dependence or independence that we need in order to increase the quality of our lives? […]

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